Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Ko-Kutani Cup

Traditional Ishikawa Prefecture gold foil drinkware

Just by looking at the Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Ko-Kutani Cup you wouldn't believe this is something that has been made to be actually used: between the beautiful enamel work on the outside that combines geometric patterns with nature motifs, and the gold lining on the inside, you would be right in thinking that this is a museum-quality item created solely for displaying in a glass case and admiring from afar. But you would be wrong!

The Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Ko-Kutani Cup is a product of two craft traditions that have a very long history in Honshu's Ishikawa Prefecture: both the Kutani style of porcelain making and the creation of unbelievably thin gold foil have been perfected in the area since the Edo period (1603-1868) for the manufacturing of objects that people use in their everyday lives. This is a 72 x 52 mm (2.8 x 2") cup that can hold up to 100 ml (3.4 fl oz) of your favorite sake, other drink, or even a dessert. And that it does it with such grace is a testiment to the artistry of the craftspeople who created it!

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$ 81