Seto Suiteki

Japanese Hotei Seto ware Suiteki | 1920-1945 | Japanese Ceramic Calligraphy Vessels



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-0”l x 1-7/8”w x 1-3/4”h

This is a exceptional pair of Japanese vintage water-droppers, (Suiteki) from Owari Province, Aichi prefecture in Japan representing a small device used in calligraphy to collect water and excess ink for brush calligraphy. A Suiteki with such a bowl is the most unique feature of these pieces and makes them very collectible and unique. Each incorporate the image of Hotei who is one of the Shichifukujin - Seven Gods of Good Fortune looking over the bowl with one eye closed. Each is made with a yellow-toned finish and hand painted with a female character on the bottom of the bowl, with a poem in script, along with a small sea creature. Hotei carries a large cloth bag over his back (Nunobukuro meaning cloth bag), one that never empties, for he uses it to provide for the poor and needy. Each dropper has two small holes, one for air and one for dispensing the water, and is designed so that only a few drops of water can flow out at one time to afford the right consistency. On the inside and outside of the bowl there is a collection of disparate impressed motifs including a small Shikoku Beaver or Otter on the interior of the basin.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, perfect condition without cracks, chips, repairs or restorations, and retains all of its colored decoration.