Edo period (1615-1868)
Earthenware, transparent glaze, gold leaf
3.3 cm (h.), 7.5 cm (diam.)
Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.10d
Archeology and World Cultures
This shallow sake cup is made of a type of ceramic called raku ware. It was hand-shaped and fired at low temperature, resulting in its thick, soft texture. The trace of gold leaf on the interior suggests that was meant for a special occasion, such as New Year’s Day.