Japanese Geisha Spoons

The history of the Geisha in Japan is traced to the imperial court in Kyota, Japan around 794 with an elite group of  beauty obsessed men and woman who also cultivated traditional arts .

Traditional Japan also adopted the Chinese Confucian system wherein men were not obligated to be faithful to their wives sexually, but were allowed to visit courtesans, while the traditional wife was a modest mother and manager of the home and servants.

The pleasure centers often became very glamorous entertainment centers and offered more than sex. The geishas entertained by playing music, singing , dancing , poetry, story telling and other forms of artistry.

By the mid 18th century woman dominated the industry and there were different classes of geishas depending on their artistic abilities and experience. Geishas were often in control of the male/female relationship and were often quite wealthy and considered to be very cultured. Often sex was involved, but it was not considered to be prostitution and the woman was often in control.

The geisha profession as traditionally practiced lapsed be the end of the second World War, however there are still some geishas attempting to maintain the old traditions.

geisha spoons

left: 1 Geisha in kimono and with a fan holding an umbrella  (bowl) and a samisen base. Marked sterling and Japanese characters
2. very large Geisha in a kimono holding an umbrella. This spoon measures about 7.75" and is the largest size of this variety of spoon. marked sterling with an 'sun' symbol
3. Geisha in kimono with a fan on a samisen base  . marked sterling  --no manufacture mark

geisha spoons
1.  geisha holding an umbrella with a volcano (Fujiyama?) and ocean scene engraved in the bowl --only marked in Japanese characters. I suspect it is sterling
2. geisha  dressed in a kimono with an elaborately engraved bowl. Marked 'Free China'. I suspect that it is sterling (see detail below)
3. geisha finial and engraving in the bowl. Unmarked and I suspect it might be sterling
4. cloissane finial of a geisha and engraved 'Kyota' in the bowl .  marked 'nickel silver'.  This spoon contains NO SILVER. the marking is simply to fool the unwary buyer.

geisha spoon
Detailed shot of the bowl. Notice the elaborate engraving style

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