Sake container: design of shōchikubai, crane and tortoise.

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Sake container: design of shōchikubai, crane and tortoise.

lacquer work / Tohoku

Tōhoku region

Black-lacquered bamboo painted with red lacquer

H.69.0cm

This bamboo sake container is black-lacqured, with a design of crane, tortoise and shōchikubai (pine, bamboo and plum) applied with red lacquer urushi-e (lacquer painting) and pine done in gold. From its auspicious design and size, it was probably used for special occasions.

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