Mitsui Tamekichi Dragon Sakazuki Flat Sake Cup

JPY ¥52,500

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    This sakazuki flat sake cup, crafted by Mitsui Tamekichi, is a superb creation that showcases the revered ko-Kutani style, blending cultural legacy with aesthetic sophistication. It features a hand-painted dragon and traditional wave patterns known as seigaiha, symbolizing a powerful yet peaceful motif. Its distinctive tall kodai (foot) adds an element of elegance, enhancing its stature. Ideal for display during special occasions, it presents a cohesive and elegant aesthetic.

    Mitsui Tamekichi, a name synonymous with the exquisite porcelain artistry of Kutani ware, ensures that this sake cup embodies the philosophical significance portrayed through traditional artistic depictions, favored by the samurai class during the Edo period (1603 CE–1868 CE). Each piece is a hand-painted work of art, promising to enchant and inspire admiration across generations with its vibrant narrative and artistic excellence.


    • Dimension: D 8.0 cm (3.1 in) x H 3.5 cm (1.4 in)
    • Material: Porcelain 
    • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
    • Brand: Mitsui Tamekichi

    The dragon and seigaiha wave patterns painted on this sakazuki flat sake cup come to life when sake is poured into it, enhancing the liveliness of the design. Mitsui Tamekichi's mastery of vibrant color balance and delicate brushwork allows even this small piece to embody the essence of ko-Kutani. It is a truly special item that captures the depth of this traditional style.


    Mitsui Tamekichi, an established name in the exquisite porcelain artistry of Kutani ware, stands as a symbol of Japan's rich cultural heritage, vibrantly captured through its polychrome palette of Kutani gosai “five colors": red, yellow, purple, navy blue, and green. Under the stewardship of Mitsui Tamekichi the third, this family kiln honors generations of meticulous craftsmanship, weaving detailed, hand-painted designs that exemplify the masterful balance of color and space in the ko-Kutani painting style.

    With Mitsui Tatsuya poised as the successor, the kiln’s legacy is set to continue, merging reverence for its historical depth with a vision for innovation. Tatsuya's evolution from apprentice to a recognized Traditional Craftsperson, under the tutelage of his father, encapsulates a commitment to excellence and the preservation of the enchanting beauty of Kutani ware. The timeless allure of Mitsui Tamekichi’s Kutani ware remains a celebrated and cherished art form.

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