Keyaki wood (zelkova serrata)
Edo 19th century
Guimet Museum - "Japanese Simplicity" january - may 2021
The jizai, part of every traditional Japanese home, is an architectural element of solid hardwood, most often in keyaki wood which was suspended from a ceiling beam over an open fire to support a hanging kettle.
Jizai are example of the simplicity and quality of Mingei, the tradition of crafting everyday objects.
This Jizai is called Daikoku, referring to the name one of the Seven Gods of Happiness because its hat shape resembles to the top of the hook.