Wajima, Ishikawa-ken, Japan born 1952
Kiddush cup [Kiddush cup] 2004 Place made: Japan
Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood, lacquer, gold, silver, cinnabar, turban shell; lacquer, shell inlay
In the Jewish faith, Kiddush is a blessing over wine to consecrate the Shabbat or other important occasion. This Kiddush cup was made by Japanese lacquer master Unryuan to commemorate a 70th birthday, a significant event in Judaism. The cup has a remarkable mix of Jewish and Japanese spiritual symbolism. The vessel features a Star of David and the words ‘bless the wine’ in Hebrew. Its form and ornamentation were inspired by the lotus, a Buddhist symbol of purity.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label