Tea Whisk-Shaped Sake Bottle

Tea Whisk-Shaped Sake Bottle

茶筅形徳利

c. 1661–72

Porcelain with overglaze enamel (Hizen ware, Kakiemon type, Ko-Kutani style)

Overall: 25.4 x 14.7 x 14.7 cm (10 x 5 13/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2014.391

Fun Fact

This bottle is for sake, or fermented rice wine, Japan's most famous variety of local alcohol.

Description

This sake bottle resembles a whisk used in preparing powdered green tea, with the handle at the top and the body of the brush flaring out below. Its bold design is anchored by images of chrysanthemums and pomegranates set in panels against a ground of red hatching with tri-colored clouds. Additional patterns of swirls, stripes, flowers, and other forms make the piece eye-popping.

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