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Sake cup

Object Number: 
S-247.20
Date: 
1870-1890
Medium: 
Tortoise shell with gold lacquer
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 5 in. (3.8 x 12.7 cm)
Marks: 
Underside of bowl has tag affixed which indicates "number [written in Japanese] 1544".
Description: 
Tortoise shell sake cup decorated with three gold lacquered fans painted along interior. Fans depict scenes of chrysanthemums and cranes, herons, and a landscape.
Gallery Label: 
Sake cups made in tortoise shell were not commonly used by the Japanese and primarily made for the export market.
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