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Imari Soba Choko (Noodle Dipping Cups), Edo Period

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 394858

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Imari ware porcelain soba choko (soba noodle dipping cups) from the mid-Edo Period (1600-1868.) H.5.5cm(2.2") Dia.7cm(2.6".) This pair features underglaze cobalt blue pattern with two of the three friends of winter; pine and plum (the other being bamboo,) front and back of each cup. Abbreviated brushstrokes give these cups an aesthetic of simple beauty. Soba choko were initially used for small morsels of food, much like mukozuke or ko-zara are used in today's presentation of Japanese cuisine. Not until later in the Edo Period were they produced exclusively for use as noodle dipping cups.