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A Kutani Sake Cup washer â Haisen â Meiji

A Kutani Sake Cup washer – Haisen – Meiji

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1920: Item # 720909

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A fine Kutani porcelain sake cup washing stand - known as a haisen. The piece has an overglaze decoration of mountains, huts and a lake - all in a hilly landscape. The painting is done in the classic Kutani colors of green, blue, light purple and yellow. The interior of the also has a small scene of boats on a lake. The upper rim is fluted and decorate in an overglaze light purple color. On the foot is a geometric design in forest green and a blue band at the base. This Haisen is 4 1/2" tall and 5 3/4" diameter at the top and 3 1/2" diameter at the foot. The walls are fairly thick and the overall weight is fairly heavy – we think this was to keep it upright when washing the sake cups. Probably dates from mid- Meiji period - ca. 1890-1918. Excellent condition.

The haisen holds water to wash sake cups. During ceremonial parties a guest drinks from the sake cup, then washes the sake cup using the sake cup washer, and finally passes both the cup and the washer to the next guest.