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Meiji Blue and White Sake Cask

Meiji Blue and White Sake Cask


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1910: Item # 260501

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The spirit of old Japan lives on in its wonderful antique utilitarian items such as this ceramic sake keg. From the late Meiji Period, it has an underglaze of vivid cobalt blue. The strong, stylized characters on the front give the trade name of the sake. This jug is identical to one pictured in "Japanese Antiques" by Patricia Salmon, Art International Publishers, Tokyo, page 51. As shown in that photograph, it originally had a wrapped bamboo handle that looped through the two lugs on the top. The kanji on the back of the cask provides information about the sake and its producer. The cask was used to transport the sake from producer to the sake shop. Today these kegs are used for arrangements of tall, dried grasses, as lamp bases and as beverage dispensers. This one is in excellent condition except for missing the ceramic cap it once had. Dimensions: height 12 1/2" (32 cm), diameter 9 3/4" (25 cm).