A Japanese carved bamboo sake ewer, tokkuri. The pouring spout is a cunning extension of the slim handle, it has a simple stopper. The bung for the filling hole is in the form of a whistle. It is not drilled through so cannot be blown in the usual way but the end is shaped so that a shrill note can be produced when blown across. The top is lacquered red and the top rim ochre. The foot-rim is lacquered deep brown/black. Age cracks have been filled with black lacquer. Around the back is a long inscription and cyclical date. This inscription looks as if it has been painted with gold paint at a later date. 19th century.
A most attractive mingei object.
Approximately 17.5 cm high, 14.2 cm max. across the base.
Please study the photographs.
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