Tea Whisk-Shaped Sake Bottle

Tea Whisk-Shaped Sake Bottle

c. 1661–72

Porcelain with overglaze enamel (Hizen ware, Kakiemon 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, with its bold design of chrysanthemums and pomegranates, is a superb example of the Ko-Kutani style, known for its eclectic mix of geometric designs and schematic rendering of natural forms.

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