Posted 4 months ago
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.