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Kutani meoto yunomi with plastic lids, 1950s

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Japanese pottery57 of 113Shuzenji temple meoto yunomi set, JapanJapanese commemorative gift yunomi with box, dated 1961
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    Posted 7 months ago

    kwqd
    (733 items)

    These yunomi are 3.75" and 3.5" high, with plastic lids. The glaze is crackled and the yunomi are slightly oval shaped. They are marked with a Japanese alphabet mark and a "Made in Japan" label. The lids are almost like glass, very hard and thin. The box is very dry, brittle and has come apart in places. The box is also labeled in Japanese and English. The mark on the bottom is a Kutani mark, but I have not been able to identify the studio, yet. It may be a generic mark. the decoration is on one side, only and appears to be a transfer that has then been hand painted. I found these in a town about 35 miles from where I live. The seller thought they were tea and sugar containers.

    This is the first time I have seen yunomi with plastic lids, but once I knew they existed, I found several more examples. I think most date to the 1950s-1960s.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks Jenni, glassiegirl and thomas!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks aura and Kevin!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks for loving my yunomi set Vynil33rpm!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks Cokeman1959, dlpetersen and fortapache!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 7 months ago
      I like lidded yunomi. I have seen some with black glass lids too.
      A question Kevin: why is one often smaller than the other?
    6. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks Karen! Meoto yunomi are a traditional wedding gift for newlyweds, the larger cup for the husband and smaller cup for the wife. I guess the thinking was that husbands are typically physically larger than their wives, so drink more? I've never found a rationale mentioned for the difference in size in my research.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 7 months ago
      OK, thanks, I always wondered!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      A bit more about meoto yunomi. Meoto means "married couple". Someone asked me, "If meoto yunomi are traditional gifts for newlyweds, do they end up with multiple meoto yunomi sets as gifts?". I did not and do not know the answer to this question, so if anyone does know, I would appreciate hearing from you.
    9. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Kutani meoto yunomi BGerity!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Kutani yunomi MALKEY!

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