Posted 5 years ago
Edo Kiriko is a traditional form of Japanese cut glass, notable for it's use of particular patterns cut by hand, generally on multi layered glass.
It is derived from a form of cutting started in Tokyo, then called Edo, in the 1820s,and has continued to be developed to this day.
Edo Kiriko is always hand cut, and is not cut by diamond wheel but by whetstone. This apparently gives the cuts a particular look and finish, with rounded edges, and of course makes it expensive.
Only certified masters are allowed to call their work Edo Kiriko, and to be truthful I am not sure if Hoya were certified to call their work by the proper name.
These tumblers were probably made around 2000 and are very simple pieces of Edo Kiriko. The cuts are not complex and the glass is only 2 layers. An exceptional piece of kiriko of this size may have up to 4 colours of glass and incredibly detailed patterns, and can retail in the thousands of dollars.
These are still a pretty nice example however, and will probably stay nestled in their box.