Sake Ewer with a design of flowers
|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|
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.