Japanese Porcelain Tea Cup

Vintage Japanese Porcelain Daruma Tea Cup with Lid | Japanese Kutani Bodhidharma Tea Cup

Age:Early 1960s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 2-6/8” dia. mouth opening with a 3-1/4” dia. lid x 3-1/4”h

This vintage Kutani-yaki teacup with a beautifully expressive and detailed teacup, ornamented in iron-red, black, and gold. This porcelain cup is hand-painted with the image of Daruma with his Whisk, (called a hossu, and was carried by Buddhist priests as a symbol of spiritual leadership and more practically to chase off flying insects). Shown is a bee in flight, (having a sacred and ritual association linked to this deity who meditated in a cave and nourished by their honey), prominently featured on the side, and on the lid. A Kanji executed poem is incorporated into the piece, adding a personal touch to the teaware.

The lidded teacup in Japan is referred to as futatsuki-sencha, as it is in China, and has a refined fashioned knob to facilitate its removal and accented in gold on the knob and edges of the lid and cup. The piece has a seal script generic Kaku (square) style version of "Kutani" on the inside of the bottom raised foot. Note: When tea is made properly, hot water is placed into teacups with tea leaves in them. Lids help to bring out the taste and aroma sooner by holding the steam within the cup as well as maintaining an ideal temperature.

Condition: Beautiful small cup in original, excellent condition with no cracks, chips, rough spots, discoloration, or nicks from age or use. 

NOTE: Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century AD. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Ch'an (Sanskrit: Dhyāna, Japanese: Zen) to China as the first Chinese patriarch. In Japan, this religious figure is referred to as Daruma.