Small, brown, thinly potted container with ivory lid. It has a short neck and round shoulder; The dark glaze is randomly applied from shoulder to the middle of the body. The part at the bottom is unglazed. The bottom has no foot and unglazed. The lid is concaved from the rim toward the center knob.
The container is used for storing tea powder in tea ceremony. Tea master Kobori Enshû named it "Hitorine" or "Sleeping alone," a name adopted from a poem possibly composed by Enshû with allusion to a classic poem by Heian court poet and painter Fujiwara Takanobu (1142-1205).
Inverted cone-shaped vessel with fluted sides made of transparent olive-green glass
In the early 20th century the refined opulence of glasswork, typified by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Arts and Crafts movement, gradually gave way to a more modernist aesthetic that emphasized cleaner lines and plain undecorated surfaces. Glassmakers working in this modernist vein began to reject superfluous surface ornament and focused instead on the total integration of form and design. Orrefors Glasbruk, a Swedish glass manufacturer, was influenced by the Art Nouveau inspired works of Émile Gallé before developing their characteristic clean lines of brilliant crystal bringing to mind frozen liquid. These works illustrate the measured shift by modernist reformers to design along industrial principles that achieved beauty through form in its purest state rather than by means of applied ornament.