Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Aotsubu Cup

Traditional Ishikawa Prefecture gold foil drinkware

Ishikawa Prefecture, located on the Sea of Japan side of the island of Honshu, is famous for several crafts, but two of them stand out: Kutani porcelain, which has been made since 1656 in the old Kaga province, and gold leaf, produced in the Kanazawa area since 1593. The Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Aotsubu Cup brings the two crafts together in an item that is simultaneously a decorative ornament and an everyday cup.

To be fair, little is "everyday" about the Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Aotsubu Cup. Perhaps just its size, which at 72 x 52 mm (2.8 x 2") makes it ideal for serving sake or a small dessert (as long as you remember to not put it in the microwave oven or the dishwasher). The fine enamel work and the sharkskin-like arrangement of fine blue dots on the porcelain and the matte texture of the gold foil on its inside amaze you every time you pick it up!

Specs and Features:

  • Gold leaf traditionally produced in Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Dimensions: 72 x 52 mm (2.8 x 2")
  • Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz)
  • Capacity: 100 ml (3.4 fl oz)
  • Materials: porcelain, pure gold foil
  • Not compatible with dishwashers and microwave ovens
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US$ 78