These cups portray young Chinese children of Tang-dynasty China. We give a modern twist to this traditional motif, which was only allowed to be produced by an imperial Hirado-clan kiln in Nagasaki during the Edo period, and reproduce the copperplate transfer printing techniques of the Meiji period.
Playing Under the Pine
A commonly found copperplate, this motif shows children playing under auspicious pine trees.
Hall of One-Hundred Children
This pattern shows many children line up in a row and is thought to refer to the imperial examinations of Tang-dynasty China.
Musician Through the Window (Gakujin)
This piece gets its name from gakujin, the ancient musicians of the imperial court.
The expressions of these ancient children, scattered across the outer surface of these cups, have a certain je ne sais quoi.
In China, it is believed that the lion dance brings people good fortune and wards off evil.
Playing Under the Pine | Hall of One-Hundred Children | Musician Through the Window (Gakujin) | Scattered | Lion Dance
φ8×h6.1cm / 170cc