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    Posted 4 months ago

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    This sake cup is about 1.75" high x 1.75" in diameter. It is signed on the bottom, has a gold label, a marked tomobako and what appears to be a biography of the artist on a piece of paper. It is hand made and painted and has a raised rim that runs horizontally around the middle of the cup.

    The interior is decorated with a consistent design around the upper part of the cup but the decoration on the exterior of the cup varies around the entire cup with no repetition. The painting on the cup is not flawless with a significant number of imperfections showing it is hand painted.

    I tried to use several image to text translators to decipher what is written on the "biography" but was unable to get any tool to recognize it as Japanese. I bought this with a set of imperial figures that I did not really want, but the price for both was far below the value of the cup alone.

    I can make nothing of the signature on the bottom, the label, the text on the box or the "biography". I think this is a very good piece, but cannot quantify that.

    I keep thinking that I have seen the thinnest piece of porcelain possible but this is the current champ. It is so thin that it weighs practically nothing.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for checking out my latest sake cup BHIFOS, vcal, fortapache, dav2no1 and SEAN68!
    2. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Lovely split pattern, very pretty cup
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
      Beautiful sake cup!! I love the color and design.
    4. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks, Jenni! A lot of work went into this little cup.

      Thanks for your comments, jscott0363! There is a lot going on with this little cup.

      Thanks for loving my latest sake cup Vynil33rpm, jscott0363 and Jenni!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks Kevin and PhilDMorris!
    6. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 4 months ago
      The sticker reads:
      (large print) Kiyomizu-yaki
      (smaller print) Kyoto Kiyomizu-yaki Cooperative Association

      This is repeated on the sheet of text, which is basically instructions for use (avoid sudden temperature changes, scraping the bottom on a lacquer table can cause scratches, using a rough cleanser or brush may remove any gold or scratch the surface, be careful when using in a microwave etc). This is probably a basic handout that is provided with all kiyomizu-yaki wares and isn't specific to this one.

      I can't read the script on the box although I think the 2 large characters are hiragana GU-I as in guinomi. Not sure of the rest.

      We really need someone on this community who can read handwritten Japanese XD
    7. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 4 months ago
      P.S. I am sure your piece is hand-painted.
    8. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks rhineisfine! I have given up trying to revive my Japanese language skills. It is just too difficult in a place where there are no Japanese speakers. At my best, though, I could never puzzle out handwritten text. I suspected that the "biography" was something else since there were no dates. I have contact with a couple of people who can read Japanese handwriting, but don't want to bother them, too much lest they block me on their email!
    9. MMNJ MMNJ, 4 months ago
      The middle of the box says guinomi and the lower portion of the writing on the right side says karakusa, a reference to the vine pattern across the upper portion of the cup. The bottom of the cup might possibly say Soraku, an area in Kyoto, in part but I’m not sure.
    10. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks MMNJ! I appreciate the help!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks Reise, Cisum, rhineisfine and blunderbuss2!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks Manikin and Deepseas72!
    13. rain_dog rain_dog, 1 month ago
      Hi kwqd!

      As MMNJ mentioned, this is from Soraku. Most likely it is the producer, So(h)raku gama in Kyoto. See

      Best regards, rain_dog
      (a general remark: As I'm no expert, please take my comments always with a grain of salt.)

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