3500 "Make us an offer" Listings/. Antique Japanese Bronze Hatate 19th C Meiji Inkpot Japan Unsigned. Lovely and very detailed piece.If someone were to bring up the topic of Japanese antiques, what images would come to your mind? A few might even know what an inro is. I have shown a yatate to many of my Japanese acquaintances here in Tokyo, and was surprised to discover that most did not even know what it was! Artists and calligraphers usually knew right away, though.
Nk stick, grinding stone and bamboo brushes. A yatate (pronounced yah-tah-teh) is a Japanese portable writing set. It contains a traditional Japanese bamboo brush and an ink pot filled with cotton or silk which holds liquid sumi ink. Yatate literally means arrow stand.
The Japanese traditional way of writing is with a brush (fude) and ink (sumi). Before the invention of the yatate, whenever anyone wanted to write or draw in ink, he had to make his own ink by grinding the ink stick in water on the grinding stone (suzuri). This method has been used for many centuries, and is still being used today.
Warriors (samurai) often had to write letters and reports from the field, and so carried a small grinding stone in a small drawer at the bottom of their quiver along with the arrows. This grinding stone became known as the " yatate no suzuri " (arrow stand's grinding stone). Eventually it was simply called yatate. It was burdensome to have to pull out the grinding stone, ink stick, and water container every time one needed to write, but in those days before spill-proof containers, carrying liquid sumi ink could lead to disasters, especially on the battle field.
This could be carried about in a simple container without any worry of spills. A truly portable writing set was finally born. Now one could quickly dash off a letter by just sliding open the lid and pressing the brush into the cotton. These new writing sets were made in the shape of a folded fan (hiogi-gata) which contained both the ink soaked cotton and brush. Warriors continued to carry these in the quiver with the arrows, so they were also called yatate just like the grinding stones they replaced.Very good condition, just some minimal age signs here and there like small scratches. We can not control this. For China (& rest of Asia) & US allow at least 2 to 3 weeks. Depending on the situation it can take up to 1.5 month.
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