This Japanese ceramic hibachi from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912) has a country scene—a rustic dwelling snuggled amid old trees, hills and distant mountains. Ceramic hibachi were introduced in Meiji times as portable alternatives to the larger copper-lined wood hibachi and the heavier bronze receptacles. Whether ceramic or metal, hibachi held glowing charcoal embers used as a source of heat during cold Japanese winters. The ceramic ones generally were placed under low tables (kotatsu) that had top surfaces made of narrow wood slats fitted together in an open grid. A quilt was thrown across the tabletop and family members gathered around the table with their legs under the quilt, a cozy arrangement, at least for the lower half of the body. A two-line poem in cursive calligraphy is written on this hibachi, which is in excellent condition and has no chips or cracks. It is the perfect size for use as a jardinière. Dimensions: height 10 ½” (26 cm), diameter 10 ½”.