Handcrafted teacup: 120ml (4.22fl oz) each, diameter: 4.13inches (10.5cm) height: 2.36inches (6cm)
Sophisticated Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Shunzan Mori
This set of Yunomi teacups features the six marvelous views of Mt. Fuji, which is a long-selling favorite in Japan, created by the artist Shunzan Mori for more than 30 years. Turned upside down, each Yunomi looks like Mt. Fuji. Each Yunomi features one of six famous views of Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji was officially registered on the world heritage list in 2013.
Six main scenic places are painted on each teacup, the shape of which looks like Mt. Fuji, and each teacup has its own name; GOHRA no SAKURA, SHIRAITO no TAKI, SUSONO no HINODE TSURU, MIHO no MATSUBARA, SURUGA no OHNAMI, and OHTSUKI no SARUBASHI. Some teacups are gracefully painted, and other teacups are dynamically painted.
GOHRA no SAKURA is the place where many cherry blossoms behind Mt. Fuji can be seen. The branches and petals of the cherry blossom trees are gracefully painted. SHIRAITO no TAKI means waterfall flowing like a white color twine flows. The waterfall, in which snowmelt water flows from Mt. Fuji, is on the world heritage list. The waterfall is painted with a great splash, as if we can hear the roaring sound.
SUSONO and MIHO are both famous views of Mt. Fuji. HINODE means sunrise and TSURU means Japanese crane. MATSUBARA means pine grove in Japanese. Combination of sunrise and crane is one of the most auspicious omen motifs. Pine is also an auspicious omen.
SURUGA bay is one of the famous views of Mt. Fuji. OHNAMI means swelling wave. Combination of Mt. Fuji and OHNAMI are well-known, and the combination was also adopted to the NAMIURA woodblock print by the most famous UKIYOE artisan, HOKUSAI. OHTSUKI no SARUBASHI is a very famous spot around Mt. Fuji. SARUBASHI is the name of the bridge built by a special construction method in the EDO period (17th to 19th). It looks like two troops of monkeys. The name of this, SARUBASHI means monkey bridge in Japanese and was humorously named after that. The view is quite unique.
The combination of each view and mountain shaped teacup is well harmonized, and the scene is quite peaceful and graceful.
To create the form like Mt. Fuji, Shunzan Mori uses a rare traditional technique called TATARA. Clay formed into a sheet is put on a stone mason form and shaped by hand. The TATARA technique was used before the pottery wheel. Though it requires more time than the pottery wheel, it creates a unique form which can't be created by the wheel. Ridge line of Mt. Fuji is well expressed on the side silhouette of this Yunomi by the TATARA technique. Vertical indentations inside the Yunomi are made by the TATARA technique and add layers of visual interest. The true atmosphere of Mt. Fuji could never be created by the wheel, only by TATARA.
The silhouette is formed in the shape of Mt. Fuji. The base is carved in a circle shape like the crater at the top of the mountain.
Colorful patches of orange are called GOHONDE, a traditional technique that adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work.
A long-selling favorite in Japan, created by the artist for more than 30 years, and now available around the world, this set of Yunomi gracefully encompasses well-loved symbols of Japan, Mt. Fuji and the famous perspectives.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)