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Bottle with two vertical ring hangles and lid
15th-16th century


Ayutthaya period

Stoneware with iron glaze; Japanese wooden stopper
H: 6.9 W: 4.9 cm
Si Satchanalai, Thailand

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1901.86a-b

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Small bottles of this shape were a common product of the Si Satchanalai kilns and probably were intended for holding medicines or precious oils. This bottle, exported to Japan soon after it was made, was used to hold candy pellets served in the tea ceremony. Such bottles were included in sets of miniaturized utensils for preparing tea that would be taken on outings to view cherry blossoms or maple leaves.