Important Cultural PropertyAshiya Kettle with Maple and Stream Motifs

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  • Iron
  • H20.6, body D32.1
  • Muromachi period/15th century
  • Kyushu National Museum
  • E-9

Ashiya refers to Ashiya in Onga-gun, Chikuzen Country (currently, Ashiya-machi, Onga-gun, Fukuoka) and was a leading production area of metal products, including Buddhist altar fittings and temple bells. In particular, iron kettles for the tea ceremony produced in this area, which were first produced in the fourteenth century during the Kamakura period and called Ashiya Kettles, have enjoyed a high reputation as a major brand of kettle for the tea ceremony since the Muromachi period. This kettle is a Shinnarigama, a regular type of kettle for the tea ceremony and has many features unique to Ashiya Kettles, such as the strong finger grips and sleek skin (Namazu-hada) that can only be found among certain kettles and elegant patterns around the body including vibrant hens, maple trees, streams and a beach design called Suhama. As a result of the maple and stream pattern on the body, this kettle is also called “Tatsutagawa,” which has been a famous maple tree site since ancient times.

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