The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Japanese Lacquer Sake Set, Rokkasen, the Six Immortal Poets


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1920: Item # 1439295

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $950.00 
A set of six various sized sake cups decorated with sosho grass script calligraphy enclosed with a wooden box lacquered to look like a poetry book titled Rokkasen (Six Immortal Poets) complete with a dice decorated with poets names. A spin of the dice would give one of the six immortal poets, and one would drink from the cup in which that persons famous poem was written. (If you become too inebriated to remember, the poets name is written on the side of the cup). The Rokkasen are six Japanese poets of the mid-ninth century who were named by Ki no Tsurayuki in the preface to the 10th century poetry anthology Kokin wakashū. They are Ariwara no Narihira, Ono no Komachi, Sojo Henjo, Otomo No Kuronushi, Kisen Hoshi and Funya no Yasuhide. A clever set, the box is 29 x 20 x 7 cm (11-1/2 x 8 x 2 inches) with the cups of varying depths roughly 8.5 cm (3-3/8 inches) diameter. The cups are each of slightly different depth, and each in a unique color with two shades of red (Narihira and Sojo Henjo) , green (Yasuhide), black (appropriately Kuronushi) mustard (Kisen) and the legendary beauty of the bunch, Ono no Komachi gilded in gold. Overall, in quite good condition, the bottom edge of the box lid joint has separated and there are a few minor mars from use. The book shaped box comes wrapped in lined purple silk wrapping cloth in an age darkened kiri wood box.