£70 - $120
A fine large straight sided Japanese Ko Imari cup, inoguchi, or hogs mouth beaker; sometimes referred to as “soba choko”, a cup for “soba” buckwheat noodles.
It is decorated primarily in underglaze blue with a leaping Chinese Lion or karashishi in a landscape of rocks and Tree Peonies, botan, a classic subject in Japanese art known as “Botan-ni-Shishi”, which combines the auspicious qualities of the King of Beasts and King of Flowers. A motif considered to be emblematic of the Samurai spirit combining the qualities of bravery and elegance. Curiously according to legend the lion was believed to have actually eaten Peony flowers.
Diaper band of decoration to the interior of the rim and a gobenka motif to the well of the cup.
The cup is 8.9cm in diameter, and 7.2cm in height. Dating late Mid Edo period circa 1760-90.
Condition: Good, slight surface scratches to glaze only inside base - does not go through to the base of the bowl.
Shipping at Cost.