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Hip flask, stoneware, Ryukyu Islands, early 20th c.

Hip flask, stoneware, Ryukyu Islands, early 20th c.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 269220

Please refer to our stock # 10055 when inquiring.
$ 350

Hip flask (dachibin) in crescent-shape with two loops on the outer side to hold a shoulder cord. In the center of the top a filling mouth and to the far end a short spout. White and brown marbled glaze on whitish stone ware with a green spout and loops. Under the glaze stamped in katakana: Iken.
Height 4 3/8 inches, width 5 1/8 inches.
Tiny glaze chip at spout and tiny glaze chip at filling mouth (both hardly visible), otherwise excellent condition. Okinawa, Meiji period, perhaps Taisho.

This kind of hip flask is typical for Okinawa. For other examples see: Moes, Robert, Mingei. Japanese Folk Art from the Brooklyn Museum Collection, New York 1985, no. 100 and Hauge, Victor and Takako, Folk Traditions in Japanese Art, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco 1978, no. 106.