the life of things: terrified teacup
In Japanese folklore all things have a spirit (or a kami residing within them), including such items as household tools and objects. In literature and illustrated books there are examples of yōkai (a supernatural monster or spirit/妖怪) which have been transformed from everyday items into mischievous characters once they reach 100 years in age. But in addition, any object which has a life in your home might develop a personality of its own based on its interactions with humans and the other tools around it.
This teacup is totally terrified of the kettle who is always steaming and looks about to blow. He just needs a little reassurance.
Original watercolour and pencil illustration on thick grey paper.
Signed in pencil and with 'nakamura' [中村] stamp in red pigment ink.
Image size: Approximately 14cm x 13cm.
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