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A “Kiretsu-mon” Guinomi by Hiramatsu Ryoma


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Kyoto, Japan


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Looking something akin to dragon skin with gilded beads glistening between the scales, this recent creation by young artist Hiramatsu Ryoma demonstrates his creative imagination and challenges the traditional boundaries of what defines a guinomi (Saké cup). Described as a “Kiretsu-mon” (ki = turtle, retsu = cracked, mon = design/ crest), according to Hiramatsu, his inspiration for this piece (and a number of others) came from an ancient form of sea life known as an Ammonite—a large spiraled mollusk who’s shells are often found fossilized today.

In excellent condition, this piece is 2.9 inches in diameter at its widest point (7.4 cm) and stands 2.3 inches tall (5.8 cm). In addition, it comes with its own signed and sealed wood box.