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Japanese Metal Ware14 of 139Coin themed Japanese tetsu-kyusu by Nanbu Ho-Sei-Do, Oitomi, JapanJapanese cast iron serving pot
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    Posted 23 days ago

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    This little cast iron serving pot is 3.75" in diameter x 1.75" high minus handle x 4.5" high with handle. It weighs 14.7 ounces and has no maker's mark. It was among a group of other Japanese cast iron items.

    Not sure of the use, age or what the correct Japanese term for this little pot is. I have seen one other example and I don't think it was as rough as this one is. Not sure if the roughness is because it was green sand cast, it was purposely made this way or if it is severely degraded by rusting. I spent quite awhile with a stiff nylon bristle brush removing a lot of loose rust, but there is still a lot of rust on this little pot. At this point, I am leaning toward the conclusion that it was purposely made with a rough surface, but my research is just beginning. The vegetable theme suggests that is meant to be used to steam or bake some sort of traditional vegetable dish. A guess.

    It was very inexpensive, as opposed to the first example I encountered which the seller wanted a stupid amount of money for, tiny and easy to store, so a good research opportunity. I probably will never know the maker but hope to discover its Japanese name and intended use.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 23 days ago
      That’s just precious!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 23 days ago
      Thanks for your comment Watchsearcher! It does have a certain level of cuteness.

      Thanks for loving my little veggie pot dav2no1, aura, Jenni, Kevin, Watchsearcher and jscott0363!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 22 days ago
      Thanks for loving my little cast iron veggie pot Eclector, Thomas, Alfie21, RichmondLori, CindIndianapolis and fortapache!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 22 days ago
      Better images!!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 21 days ago
      Thanks blunderbuss2!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 19 days ago
      Thank you Manikin!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 19 days ago
      A veggie pot!
      It takes love and determination to lean up cast iron. I give you all the credit I can muster, for this is not an easy task! I love it!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 19 days ago
      Thanks, Eileen! Japanese cast iron is very difficult due to its unique finish.
    9. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Thanks SEAN68!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Thanks PhilDMorris!

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