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A Japanese Porcelain Infant Feeding Cup â Kyo-Yaki

A Japanese Porcelain Infant Feeding Cup – Kyo-Yaki

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 681295

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A charming little pure white porcelain infant feeding cup decorated with underglaze blue peaches and branches. The pottery is that of Kyo-Yaki as they produced white porcelains to rival those of Hirado. The cup measures 3 ¾” long by 3” wide and is 1 ¾” deep. We date it to the mid Meiji period, circa 1890s. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restorations. There is a four character mark on the base which has been translated as “Heian Kouraku” – “Heian” means Kyoto. The Sacred Peach has a special place in Chinese mythology. The peach is also known as the "fairy fruit." It was the peach that gave immortality to the Immortals and was the elixir of life to the Daoists. It is also a symbol for marriage, spring and immortality. The peach tree of the Gods was said to blossom once every 3000 years and the fruit of eternal life took another 3000 years to ripen.