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Jayne's Demon Cup

Jayne's demon cup (see icon) has tantalized me since the first time I noticed it--oh, along about my third or fourth viewing of Serenity.

I did every kind of search I could think of on Chinese demons, demon teacups, Asian porcelain, and so on. Came up blank. Then it hit me: it's probably Japanese.

My search bore fruit.



Here's the cup:


And here's an oni, Japanese for demon, pretty typical of the ones cast out of the house during Setsubun, a housecleaning-type festival that takes place in February:


Family resemblance, wouldn't you say?



So I've emailed a friend in Tokyo to see if she recognizes Jayne's Demon Cup or has ever seen anything like it. If I ever get my hands on a set (of cups!), you're all invited over for sake.

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communicator
Jan. 8th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's definitely the same cultural thing - but excuse me, I'm more interested in that sinewy arm :-)
emeraldsedai
Jan. 8th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
That crossed my mind.
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emeraldsedai
Jan. 8th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Obsession? It seems perfectly reasonable to me.
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