Set of two bronze ewers for pouring sake at a banquet or wedding ceremony. One sake ewer with a long handle and two spouts (called naga-e choshi), used to serve sake to guest. At smaller gatherings, only one spout is used; when larger numbers of people need to be served, both spouts may be used. The second sake ewer in kettle shape with a single spout (called hisage), used to transfer sake from the barrel to the choshi, as a sort of decanter.
The sides of each ewer finely engraved with the auspicious symbols of pine trees, bamboo, cranes and a minogame; spouts and handles engraved with pines and bamboo; the bottoms engraved with a large lotus flower. Excellent workmanship.
Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Kettle ewer: H 8.4 x W 9.5 inches
Ewer with long handle: H 5 x L 19.25 inches
Few abrasions, all in all excellent condition