Sake cup with maki-e design of Ryogoku Bridge

Senkakusai19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This flat-shaped wine cup is thought to be one of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” cup series, received from a superior. The picture is depicted in hiramakie (flat sprinkled metal decoration) and kanagai (thin inlaid sheets of silver) on the vermillion lacquer. The Ryogoku Bridge across the Sumida River connects between the two provinces: Musashi and Shimosa, which is the origin of the name ‘Ryogoku’, meaning ‘two countries’.
In the foreground is Ryogoku Hirokoji area. It was originally a firebreak zone and turned into an amusement quarter lined with show tents, tea stalls and others. A banner of a show tent seen on the far bank tells us that the opposite side is also a similar amusement place.


  • Title: Sake cup with maki-e design of Ryogoku Bridge
  • Creator: Senkakusai
  • Date Created: 19th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: Dia:8.5cm, H:1.9cm
  • Type: Lacquerware

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