Handcrafted teacup: pair, 150ml /5.28fl oz (NEJI KOMON) and 125ml / 4.40fl oz (OBI SHIPPOH), diameter: 3.15inches (8.0cm) height: 2.76inches (7.0cm)
Extremely traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Shoami Takano at Shoami Kiln
These are exquisite porcelain Yunomi, which are extremely traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto pottery and porcelain), featuring a highly decorative style requiring a level of expertise found only among the most skilled artisans. These are porcelain Yunomi painted in a beautiful combination of zaffer glaze and vivid red glaze. The painted pattern is auspicious according to Kyo Yaki tradition, and thus is suitable both for personal use or as a gift for a special occasion.
A rounded elevation wraps horizontally around the upper outside of NEJI KOMON. S-curve linear patterns are carved modestly according to pattern lines from middle to base outside.
Linear patterns are vertically carved modestly from middle to base on the side of OBI SHIPPOH. A rounded elevation wraps horizontally around the middle outside.
It was created by a skilled technique requiring the artisan to painstakingly carve away everything except this elevated area. During the process, the Yunomi starts out quite thick and is carved to thin. It is deliberate work requiring much time, effort and mature technique.
IROE NEJI KOMON:
IROE of this name means colored paint, NEJI means twisting, and KOMON means traditional patterns. The S-curve lines carved from middle to base, which are quite beautiful, seem to twist around the Yunomi.
On the rounded elevation on the upper outside, two kinds of KANJI characters, FUKU and KOTOBUKI are painted. FUKU means welfare, happiness, and abundance, and KOTBUKI means longevity in Japanese.
Six kinds of patterns, painted on twelve aspects on middle to base on side, are all traditional auspicious patterns, KIKKOH GARA, OHGI GARA, HISHI GARA, HISHI KOHSHI GARA, and so on. For example, KIKKOH GARA means turtle shell, which symbolizes longevity in Japan. The SOHKA GARA flowers are vividly painted on the outside rim. Traditional waffle pattern called KOHSHI GARA is painted in zaffer glaze on the inside rim. The contrast among patterns is visually appealing.
IROE OBI SHIPOH:
OBI means border, and SHIPPOH means “seven treasures” which is a traditional Japanese auspicious pattern.
SHIPPOH GARA is the pattern painted on the outside and inside rim. Four quarters of a circle are crossed and connected with each other like a net to make a SHIPPOH pattern. It looks like rope used for ritual ceremony in Japan to remove negative energy. So, the pattern is called SHIPPOH which is regarded as auspicious. The pattern is vividly painted on the outside rim, and painted in zaffer glaze on the inside rim.
Eight auspicious patterns, and four SANSUI traditional landscape paintings are painted on twelve aspects on middle to base on side. The auspicious patterns are KIKKOH GARA, HISHI GARA, KOHISHI GARA, SEIKAIHA and so on. For example, KIKKOH GARA means turtle shell, which symbolizes longevity in Japan. SANSUI traditional landscapes are painted mountains, lakes, trees, dwellings, a small Japanese boat, and so on gracefully. The contrast among patterns is visually appealing.
All patterns are quite complex and extremely patiently painted. Intensely precise detail and complexity are fundamental elements of highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain. It is the reason why viewers can’t help but pay rapt attention to Kyo Yaki while losing track of time.
In Japan, highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain such as this is purchased with the intent that it will be passed down from generation to generation. This Yunomi is the quintessential traditional highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain, an ideal to which others aspire.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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