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Sake cup washer â Haisen â Meiji â Landscape Design

Sake cup washer – Haisen – Meiji – Landscape Design

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 608273

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A fine Arita porcelain sake cup washing stand - known as a haisen. The piece as an underglaze blue decoration of a two huts in a hilly landscape the interior of the bowl - side of bowl decorated with underglaze blue spots and dots. On the foot is a geometric design that is occasionally associated with Nabeshima ware. This Haisen is 6 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" diameter at the top and 3" diameter at the foot. The walls are 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.