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Japanese tin kettle, ibushi

Japanese tin kettle, ibushi
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For over 1300 years, Japan has been keeping the tradition of tin work. This craft flourished in the city of Ôsaka in the seventeenth century, and Ôsaka-Naniwa suzu tinware is now officially classified as a traditional craft.
While today cast iron is what comes to mind when we think of Japanese kettles (the famous tetsubins), traditionally, silver and tin objects have always enjoyed superior status.
Tin’s excellent heat conductivity makes it easy to bring water to a strong, regular boil. Also, tin does not rust and is in consequence much less difficult to maintain than a cast iron kettle.
This one contains 720 ml (around 3 cups), and is decorated with elegant pine needle motifs. In order to create the decoration, the motifs were first handpainted on the tin body. Then the kettle was plunged into an acid solution that ate away at the tin, creating a rough surface. This effect is known as “ibushi.” The parts under the paint were the only ones not attacked: they were left smooth and shiny. The dark colour of the “ibushi” was obtained with a coat of lacquer.
Capacity: 720 ml (around 3 cups)
Φ 12.5 cm (4.9 in) × H 17.5 cm (6.8 in)

*These works are made one-by-one, by hand, so it is possible that their shape and colour may be slightly different from in the photos. Thank you for your understanding.

Tin has a very low melting point: 235°C / 455°F!
- Do not use on an electric or induction element.
Use on a gas stove or over coals. Avoid direct contact with flames.
- Tin is a soft metal: beware of denting or deforming it.
- Lift the lid off vertically.
- Do not keep it in the freezer.
- Do not put in the dishwasher.
- Do not put in the microwave.


Japanese tin kettle, ibushi

USD $1,266.67

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