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Sake Cup

Location

JAPAN
Raku workshop

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Sake Cup

Date

19th c.

Materials

Earthenware, transparent glaze, gold leaf

Dimensions

3.3 cm (h.), 7.5 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.10d

Collection

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.

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