Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Kettle and Floor Brazier

Kettle and Floor Brazier
Kettle and Brazier

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Momoyama Period (1568-1615)

Late 16th century

Iron with openwork decoration

17 x 8 1/16 inches (43.2 x 20.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1928

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This kettle (kama) is made of cast iron, which favorably affects the taste of the water it holds. It functions much as a modern-day tea kettle, but has no spout. The two ears facilitate lifting by means of removable rings. The brazier is used to hold the burning charcoal necessary for boiling the water in the kama.

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