Sake Ewer with a design of flowers

Ko-kutani (old Kutani) type, Imari warea

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Artist Ko-kutani (old Kutani) type, Imari warea
Period Edo period, 17th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Size Overall H.13.6 L.20.5 MD.8.0 D.16.0 BD.9.5

Explanation

Sake ewers of the ko-Kutani type are extremely rare and have been highly praised by tea masters for generations. This ewer, made in a shape imitating the earlier ewers which were of iron, is powerfully faceted around the shoulder and has a long spout protruding straight out from the body. It is decorated on the body and lid with flowering vines resembing morning glories, and around the base of the spout with a saw-tooth pattern, all in rich tones of red and green in an elegant style.