Takotsubo | Encrusted Antique Japanese Octopus Pot


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Takotsubo translates to "octopus pot."

Octopuses love to hide, so they live in "dens," which can be anything from a crevice in between rocks, to a bottle that's fallen to the ocean floor. A fisherman would have a line of takotsubo lowered down into the ocean on a rope, and soon octopi would make the ceramic pots their dens. The pot would be pulled up, the octopi collected, and the takotsubo would be lowered back down.

The years these octopus traps have spent in the water can be seen through their deep encrustation, their surfaces nearly fully covered in barnacles and other remnants of the ocean floor. In the world of vintage takotsubo, their worth is often determined on how encrusted the traps have become from their years of use.

  • Ceramic
  • Meiji Period (1868-1912)
  • 5" x 10.5" (diameter, height)
  • SKU: C-2879


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