Large Antique Cast Iron Tetsubin Tea Pot with Galloping Horses, Japan (4153BKE)


H: 12.5”  W: 10”  D: 9.5” | CALL/EMAIL FOR SHIPPING QUOTE

This large antique hand-made Japanese cast iron tetsubin teapot with a lid, a top handle and a pouring spout was made in the Meiji era (1868-1912). Used for boiling and pouring water to brew tea, it is in excellent condition with minor iron wear on the outside. The simplicity of its form combined with its elegant raised galloping horse design is perfect for warming up kitchens of any style.


Cast iron hand-crafted kettles called “Tetsubin” in Japanese (literally iron pot”), have been produced for hundreds of years developed for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony (chanoyu), loved teaware sought by tea aficionados. The iron content of these Japanese-antiques altars the taste of boiled water, makes it richer, sweeter and has positive effects on the taste of the water used to brew tea making it more mellow. The water’s iron content provides additional health benefits and its iron structure keeps the water hot for a longer period of time. The beautiful relief design of galloping horses with manes behind them expressing speed is a loved motif, as horses have held a position of importance in Japanese culture as revered creatures that embody grace, power and nobility. The ornamental knob on the lid probably represents a lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity and enlightenment. Tetsubin are especially popular with collectors considered status symbols, not simply beautifully designed utilitarian and functional kitchen accessories. This metalwork piece is in excellent condition with expected signs of wear, including rust to the interior and has the imprinted seal of the maker on the side. Like all antique accessories, it is recommended for display only.


Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique, Meiji/Taisho Period


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 12.5" W: 10" D: 9.5"

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 31.75cm W: 25.4cm D: 24.13cm


8lb 4oz

Weight Metric



Excellent, See Descripton


12” to 17.9”

Reference Number


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