公孫樹杯 / Ichou

公孫樹(いちょう)は、日本古来の吉祥文様。その生命力の強さから、長寿や子孫繁栄の願いを込めて描かれます。今回はその美しい葉を意匠化し、わずかな縁の彫り込みと重なり合う金の蒔絵で表現しました。黄葉の季節は、日本酒の季節。絢爛豪華な秋の訪れをご堪能ください。

In Japan, ginkgo is often drawn to pray for the long life and the prosperity of descendants. This cup describes its leaves with the curved edge and maki-e with fine gold filings. The taste of sake gets better as ginkgo leaves turn brilliant yellow. Let’s celebrate the coming of the most beautiful season of the year.

ichou-soto

ichou-ura

ichou-leaves

ichou-sake

(Photography by Satoshi Okui)