This wood and silver Libation cup is from 1900-1930s and is carved Elm wood, with a realistic representation of the lotus. The sides of the cup are shaped as a large lotus leaf with stems and a bud carved in relief, which expands into openwork to form an attached stand for the cup.
The upper part of the ceremonial cup has a fluted surface carved in wood with a matching fluted sterling silver cup in which its’ top outlines the opening. An open lotus pod, small stem and bud foot composes the piece. This silver-lined ceremonial cup was an important ritual object and is a symbol of social status, and undoubtedly used by high ranking officials and the shogun for special occasions. The piece is signed in old Kanji on the interior but not translated because of the age of the inscription. Excellent condition. Dimensions: 2-0”w x 3-0”h
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection