Hataman Touen Iro-Nabeshima Tortoiseshell Pattern Imari Nabeshima Ware Sakazuki Flat Sake Cup
This Sakazuki flat sake cup is carefully decorated with the traditional "Kikko" (tortoiseshell) design using extremely fine brush strokes by skilled craftsmen.
It is inspired by the old plate with high stand, a typical shape of Nabeshima ware, which has been made since the 1600s as a gift to the shoguns.
The inner surface of the sakazuki flat sake cup is decorated with the tortoiseshell pattern, a typical Nabeshima pattern, while the reverse side is decorated with a cloisonne pattern and the side of the stand is decorated with the iconic "Kushime" (comb pattern) of Nabeshima ware.
The exact name of this tortoiseshell pattern is "Bishamon Kikko" pattern, which is derived from the chain of the chain armor worn by "Bishamonten" (the god of war) in the form of "Mitsumori Kikko" (three tortoiseshells) joined together.
It comes in a paulownia wood box, making it an ideal gift for those who are who have a passion for interior design and culinary delights.
Iro-Nabeshima has traditional rules, consisting of one color for Sometsuke (Gosu) and three colors for Akae (red, yellow, and green). After outlines are drawn in gosu, red, "kibi" (yellow), and "moe" (green) overglaze painting is applied to the inside. Although it appears that many colors are used, in fact only three colors are used for overglaze painting, a characteristic of Iro-Nabeshima, and its beauty is considered the pinnacle of Japanese porcelain.
Hataman Touen is a company that aims to "create a new Nabeshima" along with passing on the history and traditional craft of Imari Nabeshima ware, which has continued for 370 years. Based on the belief that "traditional crafts can only be inherited if they are closely connected to daily life, "the company offers tableware that enriches the spirit and sensibility in accordance with modern lifestyles.
- Dimension: D9.3cm(3.7in) x H3cm(2in)
- Material: Porcelain
- Origin: Made in Japan - Imari Nabeshima Ware
- Brand: Hataman Touen
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The aesthetic style that Nabeshima ware has carefully maintained as a traditional rule since the Edo Period is composed of one "Sometsuke" color (blue) and three "Aka-e" colors (red, yellow, and green). Those painted in only blue color are classified as "Sometsuke" style. The extremely fine, carefully drawn lines and the light gradations that are repeatedly layered within them create a dignified appearance. The traditional patterns of Nabeshima, which were offered to the nobility, are designed in a sophisticated manner, yet with a sense of glamour.View more Nabeshima Series
"Bone from an unparalleled history and tradition"
Hataman Touen is a company that aims to "create a new Nabeshima" along with passing on the history and traditional craft of Imari Nabeshima ware, which has continued for 370 years.
Based on the belief that "traditional crafts can only be inherited if they are closely connected to daily life," the company offers tableware that enriches the spirit and sensibility in accordance with modern lifestyles.
Imari Nabeshima Ware
Nabeshima ware is a porcelain ware produced by the Nabeshima domain kiln, which was established in 1628 by 31 selected potters in the Arita and Imari areas (Saga Prefecture) as a project directly managed by the Saga Nabeshima domain in the early Edo period.
For about 250 years until the abolition of the domain in 1871, the Nabeshima ware, which could only be used by shoguns and feudal lords, continued to produce porcelain masterpieces such as "Iro-Nabeshima (colored Nabeshima)", "Sometsuke" and celadon porcelain, and others as masterpieces of the finest quality. Later, the kilns became private kilns, and new potters joined to create the present Imari Nabeshima ware.