Late Meiji (1890s - 1910s) Japanese ceramic mizusashi (fresh water jar) for use during tea ceremony with multicolor decoration of 6 water buffalo in different attitudes. Mizusashi is of particular importance among tea ceremony utensils: generally brought into the room by the host, it has to have reasonable weight when filled with water, and at the same time be relatively large to work harmoniously with other utensils. Wide squat shape with elegant waist, stoneware body and cream colored beautifully crackled glaze, enamel decoration in Kutani colors, original cover. Superb quality painting - each animal caught in its unique attitude, beautiful wear and patina, in great condition. Stamped with potter’s mark reading SUIMEI on the bottom. Height including the knob of the cover 5 3/8 inches, diameter 6 1/4 inches.