Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
This mark seems to pop up quite a bit on porcelain vases and plates. No one on the English sites seem to know what the mark is. It is in seal script on the porcelain pieces. The seal script reads Wakayama, but another reading can be Jyakuzan. I have seen it labeled Arita and Mino ware. Although I have searched and search in Japanese I cannot find a consensus there either. This should not be confused with Wakayama of "Funjina Wakayama" ware, nor of the Wakayama of "Izumo Wakayama" ware.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Yunomi 湯呑み literally means to drink warm water. It is the generic term for a Japanese handless tea cup. There are various kinds of tea cups with specific names depending on the use. Yunomi usually refers to the everyday kind of cup. It is a cynlinder shape and comes in various sizes. Sometimes they come in a set of two, one larger and one smaller. These are "couple cups" called Meoto Yunomi.
Here is a lovely link from a showing of the many styles of Yunomi made throughout Japan:
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