Azure Dragonfly Tetsubin


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Tombo (dragonflies) are considered lucky insects in Japan. Historically, they have been linked in both name and shape to the old kingdom of Yamato.  The outline of the tombo's body roughly represents the outline of the archipelago of Japan, and at one time, the tombo was the symbol of the country. During the Bushi (Samurai) Era, tombo symbolized victory, as their quick movement and ability to catch their prey mid-air led to their being called "kachi-mushi" or "winning bug".  Tombo designs adorned many types of clothing worn by men until the end of the Tokugawa era, when the bushi class was dissolved. Seasonally, dragonflies are symbols of late summer and early autumn.  They are often used in Japanese art and literature, especially haiku. There are over 160 different types of tombo in Japan.

This Iwachu teapot collaboration highlights two tombo on either side of the teapots that face each other, ready to take flight. The concentric rings on the teapot symbolize ripples of water, and the placement of the handle protruding from the bodies of the tombo represent the insects being lifted from the pools of water.

Dimensions: 6-1/8" diameter by 3-1/4" height
16 ounces capacity
  • Model: 480-900

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 November, 2013.

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