Sasada Yuzan, a set of three bowls with colored and gold pattern of “sho-chiku-bai”

explanation of the work

In Meiji Kutani, a set of three bowls are often seen. At the banquet and the like, three different kinds of foods were served in three bowls, and each bowl was turned in turn, and people who was there ate three kinds of foods taken from the bowl to the small plate. Therefore, celebration design and pattern of “sho-chiku-bai” (松竹梅 sho (pine) -chiku (bamboo)-bai (plum) are drawn in three bowls while changing the size little by little, and delicate “sho-chiku-bai” patterns are painted in various colors to express congratulations. It is a very elaborate work, decorated with the techniques of the time.

size small bowl diameter about 17.8cm height about 6.4cm
middle bowl diameter about 20.8cm height about 7.2cm
large bowl Diameter about 23.8cm height about 8.4cm


Originally, in China, “sho-chiku-bai” were favored by intellectuals because pine and bamboo do not fade in the cold and plums blossom in the cold. It was considered in Japan that from the Edo period, “sho-chiku-bai” showed “prominence”. So, the “sho-chiku-bai” was often painted on ceramics, lacquerware, and dyeing and weaving for celebration. This set of bowls is decorated with a variety of colors and gold to finish in conspicuous bowls.

In addition, the combination design of “sho-chiku-bai” was converted into a pattern of “sho-chiku-bai”. In the Edo period, “sho-chiku-bai” became widely used for not only costumes but also festive furoshiki (wrapping cloth), wedding futons (beddings), furniture a representative of the auspicious patterns.

Yuzan was easy to apply the technique of oa-chibu (青粒 small dots of blue paint) and shiro-chibu (白粒 small dots of white paint) for expressing pine leaves and plum blossoms, and adopted the technique of mori-kin for the decoration of patterns, and the technique of ishime-uchi and kin-bokashi (gold blurring) was used in the background of paintings.

It is written simply as “kutani / made by Yuzan” on the back. His other works have “Yuzan-do (友山堂)” or “kinjo / Yuzan”.

creator of the work

About the creator of this work, search for “Sasada Yuzan’s works on this web-site and his pottery history”.


reference No. 1908162
date of exhibition March 1, 2020
price sold out