Two Arita blue and white bucket-shaped tokkuri (sake flasks), late 17th Century.

One flask, which is 26cm in height, has two panels painted with small pavilions set amongst jagged hills overlooking a waterway, reserved on a conventional chequered ground; the flat top is decorated with a sliced pomegranate. The other, which is 27.2 cm in height, has one panel enclosing a landscape, with a small pavilion beside a waterfall and another with mallow and reeds growing amongst rockwork, separated by bands of triangular chequered design; the flat top decorated with a butterfly, symbolic of happiness. Sake, in specially decorated buckets, was a traditional gift from a Japanese bridegroom to his bride’s parents.



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