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Subject:Tiny Tea Cup & saucer 2
Posted By: STEVE Sat, Oct 24, 2020 IP: 2603:9000:8107:cbde:

Can anybody help me with the age and origin of the cup & saucer
It is a Tiny Hand Decorated Tea Cup and Saucer
The cup is about 2 inch High and the saucer is about 4 inch in diameter

Subject:Re: Tiny Tea Cup & saucer 2
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Oct 25, 2020

The design bordering the rim looks to be Japanese, and the decoration appears to feature Buddhist immortals called 'Rakan' in Japan, which the Chinese call 'Luohan'. They have achieved enlightenment and pending further advancement toward Buddha status, have caretaking or guardian functions for the faith. Your wee tea wares probably are Meiji-period (1868-1912) I'd think. Here's a Japanese 'sharkskin' (Coralene-type glaze) jar of mine with similar figures.

Best regards,

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