Hokusai, Birds and Flowers mug (British Museum exclusive)

    SKU: cmck58990

    £10.99 Members' price *

    About

    Exclusive to the British Museum, a bone china mug featuring designs based on two prints created by Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai.

    Each design shows a beautiful woodblock print created by Katsushika Hokusai in about 1834.

    One design is of a lesser cuckoo on the left and bush warbler on the right. This print can be found in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    Inscribed at top left are two lines from a poem by the Southern Song dynasty poet Yang Wanli; ‘A single cuckoo by day splits the mountain bamboo / with an initial cry upon first hearing about Du Yu’.

    Du Yu (AD 222–285) was a Chinese general of the Three Kingdoms period. Legend has it a cuckoo cried out at the time of his death.

    The other design is of a Mirabilis jalapa and a grosbeak. The grosbeak (a large bird) has a distinctive yellow beak.

    A Mirabilis jalapa (also called the four-o’clock flower, or marvel-of-Peru) is a native plant of tropical America. It is thought to have reached Japan via Holland, entering the country through the port of Nagasaki.

    This design includes a short verse (hokku) by a female poet named Yudai. It says ‘Four-o’clock flowers / thrive on the far side of fences, / behind the peonies’.

    Specification

    Product code: cmck58990
    Details: Microwave safe and dishwasher proof
    Exhibition: Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave
    Size: approx 10cm
    Materials: bone china
    Weight: 0.25kg
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