5 Piece Sakazuki Cup Set

Object Name: 
5 Piece Sakazuki Cup Set

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Object Name: 
5 Piece Sakazuki Cup Set
Accession Number: 
55.6.18 C
Overall H: 15.9 cm, Diam (max): 11.9 cm
On Display
about 1857
Credit Line: 
Gift of Asahi Glass Company
Web Description: 
In mid-19th-century Japan, luxury glass produced in Satsuma province was a major source of revenue. The province’s powerful leader, Nariakira Shimazu, encouraged the development and production of glass of high artistic quality. Red and dark blue were popular colors for luxury wares. On early examples, the cutting is “soft” and not highly polished. Later products, such as this sakazuki set, are sharply cut and highly polished. This set of three graduated and nested sake cups (with an accompanying glass stand) was cut from colorless glass covered with a dark blue overlay. It was reserved for ceremonial occasions, such as New Year celebrations and weddings. Sake, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, is the drink of the gods of Shinto, the native religion of Japan.
Asahi Glass Company (Japanese, 1908-1913), Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with dark-blue overlay, lead glass; blown, partially cased and cut. Three cups, graduated in size; identical flared bowl shapes; colorless rims; blue overlay of bowls cut in cross-hatched diamond shapes, with uncut blue between bowls and slightly out-flared, colorless foot rims; level bases; two-part glass stand for the nested cups: supporting the cups, a saucer-like form with loped edge of colorless glass rimmed with blue, surmounting a band of closely cross-hatched blue overlay and a collar-like foot of blue flanked by narrow bands of colorless glass; a three-footed pedestal base, with rounded disk of blue glass curving inward and downward to an opening into which part of the stand fits; below; two narrow bands of colorless glass flanking one of blue; a band of diamond shapes cut in blue glass and cross-hatched; the whole terminating in a tripartite foot of arched forms of plain colorless glass, each incased with five incised, horizontal lines, terminating in dark-blue lobed feet.
A Glittering Interlude: Visions of Satsuma-kiriko
Suntory Museum of Art 2009-03-28 through 2009-05-17
Kobe City Museum 2009-06-13 through 2009-08-30
Kiriko (2015) illustrated, p. 81;
Chinese Glass Snuff Bottles: Foreign Influences on an Indigenous Art Form (2015) illustrated, p. 8 (fig. 16); BIB# 720305
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 62-63; BIB# 130360
A Glittering Interlude: Visions of Satsuma-kiriko (2009) illustrated, p. 142, # 121; BIB# 109986
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 126, #207; BIB# 58995
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 95, #89; BIB# 35679
Satsuma Kirik, Japan's First Artistic Cut Glass (1984) pp. 102-110;
Satsuma kiriko / Tsuchiya Yoshio cho: Fujimori Takeshi shashin (1983) illustrated, pp. 137, 236, #78; BIB# 31054
A History of Glass in Japan (1973) pp. 253, 352, pl. 28; BIB# 27425