Sake cup with maki-e design of bamboo and turtle

Jukakusai Hisataka19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This is a flat shaped wine cup coated with vermillion lacquer. On the interior surface, turtles with seaweed tails and bamboo are depicted in taka maki-e (raised-gold powder decoration). The turtle on the left has a shell which is pasted with kanagai (metal foil). It has an inscription ‘Hisataka’ with kao (a stylized signature) on the backside. Jukakusai Hisataka was a maki-e artist patronized by the Tokugawa shogunate in the 19th century. Hence this cup is considered to be a gift from the shogun family.

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  • Title: Sake cup with maki-e design of bamboo and turtle
  • Creator: Jukakusai Hisataka
  • Date Created: 19th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 2.1cm, Dia: 9.1cm
  • Type: Lacquerware