Beautifully crafted, with the iron surface appearing like stone, this large tetsubin measures 10 3/4" high, 7" wide to tip of spout, with the body measuring 5". The tetsubin is heavily cast, weighing 4 1/2 pounds. The lid is bronze, and is incised with the maker's signature, "Ryubundo", and the elegant handle is inlaid with bronze designs. One side of the teapot is decorated with a basket containing flowers, leaves, and other foliate forms, and to the side is another foliate element, what appears to be ferns in various stages of growth. The other side is signed in script, and is also next to the fern designs. The bottom has a rough stone-like surface, as is the rest of the body. Ryubundo was a studio known for making tetsubins, and this is an exceptional example, dating to the 19th century.