Tea Whisk-Shaped Sake Bottle

1660s-early 1670s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This sake bottle resembles a whisk used in preparing powdered green tea, with the handle at the top and the body of the brush flaring out below. Its bold design is anchored by images of chrysanthemums and pomegranates set in panels against a ground of red hatching with tri-colored clouds. Additional patterns of swirls, stripes, flowers, and other forms make the piece eye-popping.

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  • Title: Tea Whisk-Shaped Sake Bottle
  • Date Created: 1660s-early 1670s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 25.4 x 14.7 x 14.7 cm (10 x 5 13/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Private Collection, UK, sold to Sebastian Izzard, (Sebastian Izzard, LLC, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2014.391
  • Medium: Porcelain with overglaze enamel (Hizen ware, Kakiemon type, Ko-Kutani style)
  • Original Title: 茶筅形徳利
  • Fun Fact: This bottle is for sake, or fermented rice wine, Japan's most famous variety of local alcohol.
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 2014.391

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