This little sculpture is called a futaoki, or lid rest. this piece is amazing and looks to me like old cherry bark peeling away from a branch or trunk.
for those that don't really know what it is, it's for resting the hishaku, or water ladle, and the kettle lid, when practicing the way of tea.
it doesn't have an uninteresting view on it. I will be putting it to good use at the start of next month when I will be hosting a small chaji.
here it is in action with a hishaku
and a kama lid
thanks cory this one of a kind piece is going to look great combined with the rest of my dogu.