Satsuma-kiriko saké ewer with purple overlay


Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

This Satsuma cut glass ewer was probably used to serve chilled saké. It is quite different from the indigo-blue blown glass ewer also in this exhibition. While the blown glass example, with its flowing lines, is refreshingly simple and dignified, this cut-glass ewer, with the same rounded motifs on its sides and lid, makes effective use of regularity and color contrast. The bluish purple of the glass applied to the body adds a lighter touch.


  • Title: Satsuma-kiriko saké ewer with purple overlay
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1867
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w162 x h164 cm
  • Object Width (English): 16.2 cm (Major axis)
  • Object Title (Japanese): 薩摩切子 紫色被ちろり
  • Object Height (English): 16.4 cm
  • Object Date (English): Edo period (latter half of 19th century)
  • Category (Japanese): ガラス
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Glass
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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