The soft colours on this pristine, vintage yunomi set undulate in way that reminds of a scene across a lake of distant hills and the washed blue sky of a summer day. Presented in the original, signed kiri-bako wooden box.
Meoto means 'married couple' and this applies to yunomi sets feature two cups of similar decoration but slightly different sizes. The 'husband cup' and the 'wife cup'. We like to consider them as the larger 'guest cup' and the smaller 'host cup' instead.
Hagi ware developed in Yamaguchi prefecture during the late 16th century when potters were brought from Korea following invasions. The subtle forms and warm, natural hues are highly regarded and blend perfectly with the humble nature of Japanese tea. The old adage "Raku first, Hagi second and Karatsu third" indicates the regard with which Hagi is held. The small notch in the turned foot of the cups was originally a way for artisans to sell their wares to merchants rather than be required to present them as gifts to the Mori clan during the Edo era.
diameter 6cm and 6.7cm ◎ height 8.2cm and 9.2cm
CARING FOR YOUR TEA WARE : All craft-made ceramic and porcelain tea ware should be treated with more care than you would your daily dinnerware, which can stand the abuse of dishwashers and aggressive detergents. Make it a habit to rinse with fresh water and dry your tea ware immediately after use. Avoid letting tea remain in your cups or bowls for extended periods as more porous glazes and even porcelain will allow stains to develop. Our Samadoyo pieces are made from tough borosilicate glass and will stand being cleaned in the dishwasher.
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