Name that pot
February 2, 2011 2:18 PM   Subscribe

What did I just buy, stoneware edition. Another thrift store find.

Okay so I go and buy stuff from thrift stores and flea markets as a hobby. I generally like to pick up things that look unusual or quirky. I found something today and my google skills have failed me thus far. I would like to know what it is. Links to photos below:
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There is some weird writing on the handle, but I can't decipher it. It may be Cyrillic? Also for size reference it is about 6 inches high by 7 inches wide, not counting the spout or handle. Probably holds 4-5 cups of liquid. I assumed it to be a tea pot but I can't find any examples of it online.

Thanks Metafilter!
posted by WickedPissah to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total)
 
It's a Japanese sencha teapot.
posted by peachfuzz at 2:23 PM on February 2, 2011


Actually, kyuusu is a better search term...
posted by peachfuzz at 2:25 PM on February 2, 2011


Also try Yokode Kyusu.
posted by amicamentis at 2:25 PM on February 2, 2011


Cool, thanks. I figured it was a tea pot. And after further googling it looks like it is just a reproduction.

http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/profiles/blogs/huge-antique-kyusu-side

Although based on the burn marks it also looks like the last owner may have used it, causing it to crack. Oh well, it only cost two dollars. It can hold my stuff.
posted by WickedPissah at 2:50 PM on February 2, 2011


Although based on the burn marks it also looks like the last owner may have used it, causing it to crack.

Ha ha, ouch! Yeah, you do not use these that way. They're teapots, not kettles: you pour hot water into them rather than making hot water in them. Poor teapot!
posted by vorfeed at 5:32 PM on February 2, 2011


In our family, we used it to boil water and herb to prepare oriental medicinal herb (decoction). The ingredients usually is very bulky, fibrous plants; hence the size of the pot. A bit over-kill for tea.
posted by curiousZ at 6:02 PM on February 2, 2011


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