Ginsai Kutani Ware Sake Set
Set includes sake carafe, 2 cups and cup tray. Carafe has a 8.8 oz. capacity
Ginsai means ‘silver color’ in Japanese, and it refers to the delicate technique of putting silver leaf onto ceramics then glaze on top of it before firing. Ginsai become popular when potters experimented with putting a simple and beautiful design onto ceramics, and they found that this appealed to both Japanese and Western tastes. The craftsmen will spray the paint over the top of the silver leaf, allowing for a consistent and delicate color that could not be achieved by using a traditional brush. This particular design was created over ten years ago, it is still just as popular.
Pine, Bamboo, and Plums are painted on both cups and the carafe. When the pine, bamboo, and plum are combined in Japanese art, they become symbols of hope and good fortune. This is because the pine and bamboo do not die in winter, and because plum blossom is the first seen in spring. Wherever you go in Japan you will see them planted together, put together in flower arrangements, and used in art and design for important occasions.
- Sake cup measures H: 1.5" Diameter: 2.15"
- NOT Dishwasher Safe
- Made in Japan
Kutani ware is a style of Japanese porcelain first established by Goto Saijiro after the mid-seventeenth century. Production of Kutani ware ceased at the end of the 17th century, but commenced again in the 19th century. The porcelain style is known for five colors: red, yellow, green, purple and navy, which are used to paint over dynamic line drawings.