Unryū Gama


Unryū Gama

Un-ryū gama, 雲龍釜, cloud-dragon kettle, tetsu, 鉄, iron, with raised design of a dragon, depicting its head and right front claw with three talons holding a hō-ju, 宝珠, treasure-jewel, its left claw empty, and its body partially hidden among clouds.

 

 

 

The reverse side of the unryū gama, 雲龍釜, cloud-dragon kettle, showing part of the dragon’s body, clouds, and lines depicting rain.
Un-ryū kama no futa, 釜の蓋, kettle’s lid, has many concentric rings that appear to suggest water: diam. 5 sun kane-jaku.
Un-ryū gama, 雲龍釜, cloud-dragon kettle, lid removed, with kujira-jaku, 鯨尺, whale-span, to show measurements of the body of the kettle and the diameter of the lid.
Tsuru, 弦, bowstring; h. 6.5 x 7 sun kane-jaku, and ō-kan, 大鐶, large-metal rings; diam. 3.5 sun kane-jaku, used to hang a kettle, tsuri-gama, 釣釜, suspend-kettle.
Tsuri-gama, 釣釜, suspend-kettle, hanging over the ro, with a kane-jaku ruler showing the measurement between the lid of the kettle and the top of the harp, tsuru, 弦, bowstring.
Un-ryū gama, 雲龍釜, cloud-dragon kettle, and Se-to yaki, 瀬戸焼, Rapids-door fired, hitoe-guchi mizusashi, 単口水指, single-opening water-indicate, with reflections on the mirror-finish lacquered lid of the mizusashi. The ring in the knob of the lid of the kama is similar to the half-ring of the lid of the mizusashi that is completed in its reflection in the lacquered lid.
Un-ryū gama, 雲龍釜, cloud-dragon kettle, and Se-to yaki, 瀬戸焼, Rapids-door fired, hitoe-guchi mizusashi, 単口水指, single-opening water-indicate, with ripples on the surface of the water, emulated by the concentric rings on the lid of the kama.