Meikei - Japan
Beautifully hand painted.
I was absolutely stunned when I saw this tea cup! the hand painted work is unbelievable.
I tried to find more information about it on the internet, but there's very little. I contacted Mikari, a dear friend who lives in Japan and who kindly helped me to find out about this piece.
It's part of the Satsuma ware, depicting "Bosatsu" (godess of compassion) in the center, accompanied by the 4 gods of power.
The crest in the top center represents the "Simatzu family".
If you know more about this ware, please let me know.