Cup and lid

Object Number: 
S-247.12ab
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Porcelain
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 2 3/4 x 3 in. (5.1 x 7 x 7.6 cm)
Marks: 
Lid has hallmarks painted along exterior of top written in Japanese characters, "Mikawauchi Tanaka Sei," which translates as "Made in Tanaka Workshop in Mikawachi area."
Description: 
Small circular cup and distinct small circular lid; cup painted primarily in black and white with scene of western-style goddesses and has stylized strapwork border painted along exterior rim. Interior has small painted black orchid at bottom. Lid is painted in reds, greens, gold, and black, and has foliate border and frieze of bamboo, pine tree, and plum.
Gallery Label: 
Cup and lid are distinct pieces and are possibly not a set. Scenes of lid are known as "three friends" motif, which symbolizes good luck. Cup appears to be type used for sake.
Credit Line: 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group