Sake Bottle (Tokkuri)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

The eggplant-shaped sake bottle might have been part of a portable lacquer picnic box (sagejū). Its surface is covered in an iridescent glaze that resembles the skin of the vegetable. In 1867 the Satsuma domain exhibited its wares to great acclaim at the Paris Exposition, where Moore could have seen them. His taste for colored surfaces like this led Moore to experiment tirelessly to create purple and red tones in his silver designs.

Sake Bottle (Tokkuri), Stoneware with crackled glaze (Satsuma ware), Japan

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