Chagama (Water Kettle)
Dated: 1698
Cast iron with decorative relief design of dragon in the clouds
H: 6 1/2" x Diameter: 4 1/2"

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This elegant water kettle used for the tea ceremony is decorated with a relief design of a dragon appearing from behind swirling clouds and the wind. The dragon, representing fire, and the clouds, representing water, are preferred subjects for chagama. The relief is clear and evocative.