Sakazuki sake cup - ROM2011_12223_2


Sakazuki sake cup

Medium:Lacquered wood
Geography: Japan
Date: 1927
Period: Shôwa Period
Ht. 3 x Wt. 10 cm
Object number: 2011.96.17.1
Credit Line: The Yamagami Sōju (Akio, 1873-1957) Collection: Gift of Mrs. Yamagami and the Umezawa Family. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestė par la Commission canadienne d’examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l’exportation et l’importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
DescriptionThis sake cup is accompanied by a paper document that contains the only remark on Yamagami Sōju (1893-1957) existed among the objects in the Yamagami Collection - a celebratory poem by the maker of the cup, Kawai Shitsusen (active Early 20th century), on the occasion of the opening of Yamagami's new tea room in early 1927. It was the year of rabbit, hance the cup is decorated with a rabbit motif. The inscription on the bottom of the storage box is interesting - although not directly about the object, it refers to a big social event: the change of era from Taishō to Shōwa. Since it happened in late December in 1926, the impact of the change must have been strongly felt at the beginning of the next year. The lacquer maker Kawai Shitsusen closely worked with Chōshō Sōshu Yukosai (1889-1953; 12th grand master of the Mushanokōji tea school) and produced a number of tea utensils to the grand master's taste. He was a member of Seigi-kai, a group of craftsmen in Osaka organized by Chōshō Sōshu to promote the new style of craftworks and tea utensils.
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