Posting ID : B1007522882
Date Posted : 2012-02-10
Group : Antiques
Self-Adjusting Kettle Hanger (Jizai Kagi)
A jizai-kagi is an adjustable hook to hold cooking pots above the central fireplace in a traditional Japanese house.
Hanging over the irori hearth is the jizai-kagi, or pothook, wich was used to adjust the height of the pot over the fire. The typo of pothook used most widely in Japan was based on a free-adjusting lever device. The free-adjusting lever pothook allowed for fine manual adjustments to be made in order to position the pot
Substantial, rare Japanese jizai kagi or hearth hook, believed to be late Edo period, c. 1800-1868. The jizai, part of every traditional Japanese home, is an architectural element of iron wich was suspended form a ceiling beam over an open fire to support a hanging kettle. The jizai Kagi is made up a forged iron hangar with a simple mechanism to adjust the hanging length and a hook. Made of iron, this Jizai is a fine example of the simplicity and quality of Mingei, the tradition of crafting every day objects. Very good condition. Dimensions: 48", expandable up to 75"