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

One flask has two panels painted with small pavilions set amongst jagged hills overlooking a waterway, reserved on a conventional chequered ground; the flat top decorated with a sliced pomegranate, 26cm. 

The other has one panel enclosing a landscape, with a small pavilion beside a waterfall and another with mallow and reeds growing amongst rockwork.

These are separated by bands of triangular chequered design; the flat top decorated with a butterfly, symbolic of happiness, 27.2cm.

Sake, in specially decorated buckets, was a traditional gift from a Japanese bridegroom to his bride’s parents.


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