Muromachi Period The cylindrical container raised on three bracket feet, simple and unadorned, fitted with a single spout and handle. 16.2cm (6 3/8in) high. (2).
From ancient times, the colour red has been considered as one that possesses a certain holy or sacred power. We can also observe from the illustrated handscrolls of the Heian Period, that red lacquerware was also symbolic of a privileged and luxurious lifestyle.
Due to their relatively large size and sturdy build, Negoro sake utensils, according to Kashiwagi Mari, the curator at the Idemitsu Museum, possessed a purifying power in the red colour and shapes they employed, endowing the gatherings at which they were used with both festive and sacred qualities. For other sake utensils of different shapes see the Okura Museum of Art, Tokubetsuten, Negoro (Special Exhibition, Negoro), Catalogue, Tokyo, 2009, pp.48-55, nos.20-27.