Here is a pretty futaoki, decorated in the front and back with pine tree branches; the pine tree is a symbol of longevity in Japan. A futaoki is one of many Japanese tea ceremony utensils. It is used to rest the lid of the kama (kettle). That small objet is often colorfully designed and can take many different shapes. They also make wonderful collectibles.
This particular lid rest was made by a potter named Kato Koraku, a second generation potter who worked at a kiln named Akahiko-gama located in the town of Gamagori, in Aichi prefecture. Kato Koraku was a recognized craftsman and regularly exposed his work at the famous Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Kato Koraku was the apprentice and heir to Kato Yuo, the founder of the Akahiko kiln.
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The futaoki is in excellent condition and comes in a signed box.
Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 cm (2 x 2.2 in); 77 g (2.7 oz)
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