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Large Sake Bottle

Location

JAPAN

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)-Meiji period (1868-1912)

Title

Large Sake Bottle

Date

19th c.

Materials

Stoneware

Dimensions

44.2 cm (h.), 24.2 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.88

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This large sake bottle is decorated with three kicking horses whose dynamic movements and careful rendering indicate that the bottle was made for a high-ranking samurai household. The sake stored in this bottle of 2 shō (3.6 litres) was poured into smaller bottles of 1 or 2 (180 or 360 millilitres) when served.

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