Rarely found, this oldest sake cup style, the wide-mouthed sakazuki continues to be the Japanese ceremonial favorite. Shallow but dramatic, this cup is most formally lifted to the mouth with two hands: one to hold the bottom of the cup and the other to hold it on the side. The sakazuki most typically holds only a few sips.
Used in ryōtei (a type of luxurious traditional Japanese restaurant), when using sakazuki, it is common to pour for the other person and to reciprocally accept another person's offer to pour. This form of etiquette is a form of empathy to express not only hospitality but also understanding of the needs and enjoyment of others.
Provenance: Arita/Nagasaki prefecture-Japan.
Material: Extremely light handmade porcelain with undergalzed design.
Marks: kiln marks at the bottom of every item of the set.
Set complete: 5 cups/sakazuki and 2 flasks/bottles-tokkuri.
Condition: Excellent vintage. No chips or cracks. Set in kiln-artist's original box. Great gift!
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