Kettle hanger hook, Daikoku type
Keyaki wood (Zelkova serrata)
Edo period, 19th century
43 x 29 x 50(h) cm
This type of kettle hanger hook is usually known as Daikoku, named again after one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin), who is also a tutelary deity of the kitchen and always depicted wearing a black hat. The straight lines at the top create a perfect balance with the roundness of the bottom (shown here in reverse). It was originally lacquered, and the colour has been further deepened by smoke and handling. A hook might be larger than necessary in order to impress visitors with the owner’s good taste.