Pipe Case – Bat and Tea Ceremony Utensils
Pipe Case – Bat and Tea Ceremony Utensils
Pipe Case – Bat and Tea Ceremony Utensils
Pipe Case – Bat and Tea Ceremony Utensils
Pipe Case – Bat and Tea Ceremony Utensils

Pipe Case – Bat and Tea Ceremony Utensils

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An unusual dark wood and stag antler pipe case that holds a wonderful secret. The wood, which I have been unable to identify, is jet black in colour with a wide-open deep grain. The anonymous carver has worked the wood to show off its beauty, carving hollows and burls to the back of the case to represent a tree trunk. To the front is the bat; a ring of reishi fungus and clouds wrap around to the back.

When I first purchased this pipe case I believed the two inserts to the front and back were decorative and that one had split down the middle. However, once I returned home and examined it more closely, the inserts slipped out revealing a set of metal chopsticks/prongs to the front and folk to the rear. I believe they are for use during the Sencha tea ceremony. The chopsticks are made of metal with blackened ends for arranging coals in a small brazier, and the folk are most likely for eating confectionary. The way they have been inserted reminds me of the small kinfe (kogatana) that is fitted to the side of a saya.

Unsigned

19th century

Length: 20cm

If you are interested in purchasing this pipe case you can contact me via the details below.

Phone or Whatsapp: +447534 423 803

Email: robert@willford-ja.co.uk 

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