Satsuma lithophane tea cup
delicate, vintage, porcelain piece.
Geisha coyly gazes through bottom’s intaglio.
Textured, intricate moriage, painted gold, showcases
heavily embellished Japanese figures and
enhances their depth and dimension.
Carefully hand-painted to add affect–
with fragile features colorfully outlined,
wearing elaborate costumes,
depicting tales of historical lore
or ardent lovers’ interludes.
Landscape scenes and encircling dragons
add mythic charm to the surface,
an allure rich with detailed art and beauty.
Satsuma teacup and plate
Lithophane of Geisha
Photos: Google Images
Satsuma is a Japanese style of pottery noted for its intricate designs using Japanese figures, landscape scenes and sometimes dragons. The designs can also feature a form of decoration called moriage which is a term used to describe raised enamel often painted with gold. I own a tea cup of this pottery (exactly like the one in the photo) which I received as a gift. It is over 100 years old and has the beautiful texture of moriage for which it is so well known. And to my delight has a lithophane as shown here of a Geisha in the bottom of the cup.
My entry to dVerse Poets for the prompt of texture: http://dversepoets.com/2011/08/20/poetics-texture/#respond