KARAJISHI ZU - (handcrafted Teacup: 200ml)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

Handcrafted teacup: 200ml (7.039fl oz), diameter: 3.14inches (8cm) height: 3.34inches (8.5cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

(Please note: Because this item is made-to-order, it takes approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancel can NOT be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

The KANO school was the largest school and played the most significant role in Japanese painting history. The KANO school flourished for about 400 years from the 15th century to 19th century, and was always at the center of the Japanese art world. This group of painters was composed mainly of blood relatives and affinities. It was a completely unique situation. There was no other group of painters quite like the KANO school at any other time throughout world history.

We, Hibiki-an and Zenshoh Yamaoka, who is the leading expert of paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages, cooperated and arranged a series of Yunomi tea cups featuring collected works of Eitoku KANO.

Eitoku KANO was not only the most representative painter of the KANO school along with Masanobu KANO and Tanyu KANO, but also one of the most honorable painters in Japanese painting history. He built the KANO style. He devoted his life to creating paintings for Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Dynamism, forcefulness, and eloquence can be seen in his works. Real scale or larger enormous trees, and Singh / KARASHISHI foo dogs were vividly and dynamically painted on his works (Hinoki Byohbu, Karajishizu Byohbu, Shiki Kachozu Fusuma). In contrast, delicateness and elaborateness were also seen in his works (For more information, please visit Eitoku KANO).

KARAJISHI means lion in Japanese. At that time in Japan, lions were the symbol of power and authority, and were regarded as sacred beasts. The lions depicted on this tea cup were originally painted on a folding screen, which the Japanese military commander sat in front of, to show his power and authority. The use of golden color contributes to the luxurious and splendid atmosphere, which reflected the values of that time. Rocks are arranged and painted with a fast stroke of the brush. The composition is very simple, but feels intensely dignified.

Zenshoh Yamaoka painted two lions on the front outside of the tea cup, and aimed to depict them as larger to show them full of vigor and strength. Two male and female lions with different colors walk among the rocks with dignity. The male white lion carefully looks around taking a step forward, and the female brown lion walks beside him with a strong and brave face. Walking with heavy strides, it looks as if the beasts are about to run out from the tea cup.

Zenshoh Yamaoka also pays close attention especially to details of the two lions in order to enhance their fierce appearance. The shaggy but glossy curly mane and tail is dynamically painted in black, gold and green and decorated with circle and straight lines. The combination of color and brush techniques enhances the vigorous and wild atmosphere. The body lines are wavy to show that the back, breast and limbs of the two lions are powerfully built in form. Their eyes are widely opened, as if the lions gaze at us to hunt. Their sharp claws are illustrated with a powerful touch. In contrast, black spots on each body are carefully painted with a refined touch. Not only bold compositions and strong brush strokes but also details painted with a refined touch mutually create the extreme impression of these dignified lions.

The use of golden color and natural clay have a deep effect. Clouds are frequently used in Japanese traditional painting to separate and define space and time. The use of golden clouds and natural clay makes this tea cup bright and luxurious. Also, golden color wholly painted outside the tea cup puts the two lions at the forefront, as if they are very close to us.
In addition, immense rocks, which are decorated with a rough touch, not only express the actual scenery of the harsh natural environment, but also contribute to the dynamic and impressive atmosphere of the lions.

The dynamic and gigantic composition of these two lions has quite a commanding presence. Their courageous descriptions and characteristics are decorated with elaborate and refined thin lines. The background of clouds, natural clay and gold colors, and rocks which are roughly painted with a fast brush stroke not only express a luxurious atmosphere but also provide the viewer with a feeling of great courage. This powerful atmosphere certainly enriches the subtle flavor of green tea.

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Zenshoh Yamaoka

Zenshoh Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own Zenshoh kiln in 1969.
His paints derived from masterpieces in the middle ages are excellent. It is said his precise drawing techniques are in a class of their own. Indeed, he was officially designated as the traditional craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2002. His sophisticated, exquisite, elegant, and advanced drawing techniques receive high acclaim in the Kyo Yaki pottery industry.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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