Cast Iron Tea Kettle (Tetsubin) with Temple Shrine on Lid (1799JOK)


H: 8.625”  W: 7.5”  D: 6.5” | FREE SHIPPING

Made in the Meiji era (1868-1912) Japanese cast iron tetsubin teapots like this have traditionally been used for the Japanese Tea Ceremony to boil water. With its large handle, curved spout, rounded shape, pitted surface texture and rare ornamental temple-shaped knob it would enhance any kitchen and be a wonderful gift of any tea lover. As with any antique, however, it is suitable for decorative use only.


Cast iron Tetsubin are teaware kettles produced for hundreds of years and admired by tea aficionados worldwide. These hand-crafted teapots were developed for the Japanese Tea Ceremony (chanoyu) and are metalwork pieces used only to boil water. One-of-a-kind finely crafted Japanese-antiques like this are made using clay molds. Their iron content makes the taste of water boiled for tea richer, sweeter and more mellow; the iron content provides additional health benefits and its iron structure keeps the water hot longer. The surface texture, unique shape and temple ornamental knob on its lids make this pot especially unique and charming. Traditionally these functional-and-utilitarian pouring-vessels have been popular with collectors and considered as status symbols, not simply beautifully designed kitchen-accessories. These antique kettles are wonderful gift  for any tea lover.The outside of this Tetsubin is in excellent condition, although like many antique metal kettles, the inside is rusted and is recommended for display only to enhance any style kitchen.

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Meiji/Taisho Period


Late 19th Century

Materials and Technique

Cast Iron

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8.625" W: 7.5 D: 6.5"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 23.49cm W: 20.32cm D: 18.41cm




Excellent, age approrpriate signs of wear

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