Lovely Imari porcelain hi-ire?(火入れ).
Hi-ire were traditionally used, until the Taisho era, as lighter for tobacco pipes. They were filled with fine ash and a lit piece of charcoal. Hi-hire were made of ceramic, iron, or wood with an inner copper container. But porcelain was most appreciated for its durability, and all kind of shapes and design were used. This hi-ire, from the late Edo period, is Imari porcelain. It has underglaze blue (sometsuke) with flower design that could be tulips. It will look wonderful as a flowerpot or pen or brush holder.
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