A Bizen stoneware tokkuri (sake flask) with incised decoration of bamboo to two panels, one inscribed. The surface undulates with scenery composed of different colours and textures and effects, some accidental and some intended, ranging from matte deep brown to a rich shiny deep brick red, and including interesting diagonal hidasuki lines, which evoke rain falling on the bamboo. It feels wonderfully tactile in the hands, a pleasure to pour sake from. Mark: Single character impressed “dai” mark within a rectangle to the base. Origin: Bizen, Japan. Period: Late Edo to early Meiji Period, 19th Century. Size: 20.25cm high, 10cm wide on the diagonal. Condition: good, but with three chips to the base, see photo.