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Gold and coloured lacquer sake pourer in the form of a boy attendant

British Museum

British Museum

The figure forms a bottle which can be filled by removing the boy's head. The sake (rice wine) is then poured through the bottle that he holds in his hands.

The humorous application of such fine quality lacquerware is characteristic of the pleasure-loving society of Japan in the Edo period (AD 1600-1868).

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  • Title: Gold and coloured lacquer sake pourer in the form of a boy attendant
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 23.00cm; Width: 17.50cm; Depth: 13.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: lacquered
  • Registration number: FB.2
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: wood; metal; lacquer
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Franks, Augustus Wollaston

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