Pair of Granite Natsume Tetsubachi Purification Basins
What a find! This very rare pair of Japanese Natsume Tetsubachi dates to the latter half of the Edo Period (1603-1868) and is simply stunning. These were carved in the taller Natsume shape to emulate a jujube fruit, indicating that they were made for an important client or temple. Used at Buddhist temples and in Tea Gardens to provide a water source for purification, they would make an elegant addition to any Japanese or contemporary garden. One has a small crack to the lip that extends approximately 4", but does not affect the structural integrity or appearance. Loaded with beautiful gray-green lichen, they measure 27" hi x 24" diameter, while the interior bowl is 15" diameter x 6.5" deep. Fill the bottom with pebbles and water for traditional use or add papyrus for a contemporary flair. Also deep enough to take a planting of dripping sedum.
Japan, CA 1790.
H: 27 in (68.58 cm) D: 24 in (60.96 cm)
Ref: COC 1011