one of two sake containers in the shape of a large drum with attached supports shaped like drum-stands; painted chrysanthemums and other flowering plants; base of spout shaped like chrysanthemum

Sake Cask in the Shape of a Drum, early 17th century

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Drum-shaped sake casks were produced in Japan as early as the Kamakura period, originally as ceremonial objects. They went on to be used in various religious ceremonies and secular events, including weddings and cherry-blossom viewing parties. These two black-lacquer casks feature drum-shaped bodies on ornamental stands, with small spouts for pouring sake on top. The face of each “drum” is decorated with designs of flowers and grasses executed in red lacquer.

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Sake Cask in the Shape of a Drum
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Accession Number
2015.79.416.1
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 794
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one of two sake containers in the shape of a large drum with attached supports shaped like drum-stands; painted chrysanthemums and other flowering plants; base of spout shaped like chrysanthemum