Antiques 3-07-09

This is a Kiseto guinomi. If I remember correctly it is around 400 years old. The lid says Kiseto  and then Sakazuki. The Sakazuki is in ateji. Ateji are kanji that are selected for their phonetic characters and not the meaning associated with them. There is often a kind of play going on regarding the kanji selected and the meaning. My favorite example of ateji is for coffee. The first character in the Japanese combination for coffee means ornamental hairpin, the second means pierce or stringed pearls.

The pattern of the kiln wadding on the foot is called “gokezoko” I am unsure if there is a meaning to the word.

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