Two sake tea cups and a salt bowl, both found in my grandmother's china cupboard. The decoration is charming with what appears to be a red dragon with big eyes. Some of the paint splatters can be seen inside the cup, but they have been fired and are a permanent blemish. Possibly a signature on one side. The one without the inside blemish has been carefully glued back together after a mishap and is included only because all three pieces match.
Sake is the traditional rice wine of Japan. From its earliest beginnings sake has been a drink of reverence, family, and friendship, most often consumed to mark important occasions. Salt is also used with the tea to bring good fortune and keep away bad spirits.
Cups are signed "China" in red letters on the bottom. Cups are 2-inches tall; 2-3/4 across the rim; and the base is 1-1/8. The tiny salt bowl is 7/8" tall and 1-1/2 across the rim. No value is placed on the damaged cup.