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"Ceramics"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 13  May 11, 2021 (Tue) - August 15, 2021 (Sun)

  
Incense Burner in the Shape of an Elephant, Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Imari Ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period, 17th–18th century

Early Japanese ceramics were heavily influenced by techniques and processes originating in China and Korea. Over time, a more diverse range of forms and styles came to be embraced in Japan. This increased diversity was driven by economic and political factors, including foreign trade and the changing preferences of disparate social classes.

Throughout Japanese history, people of different social classes—emperors, nobles, samurai, and townspeople like merchants—held political or economic power at different times. Potters responded by creating regionally distinct ceramics that met the needs and tastes of each set of clientele.

This gallery traces the history of Japanese ceramics from around the 12th century onwards, beginning with storage jars for daily use, which highlight the unique colors and textures of local clays. It continues with tea bowls and other utensils for the tea ceremony, a practice that greatly influenced ceramic production. The ceramic traditions of Kyoto are then presented, followed by porcelain made in Arita, and other works from regional kilns.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 14 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Jar with Peony Vines Seto ware Kamakura period, 14th century G-344
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Water Jar with a Straight Lip, Named "Shiba no Iori" Shigaraki ware Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, G-5307
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Bowl with a Wagtail Mino ware, gray Shino type Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century G-5730
_MD_EXPLANATION Bowl with an Upturned Rim Bizen ware Edo period, 17th century G-5775
Bowl in the Shape of a Stylized Sandbank with a Handle Mino ware, Oribe type Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mr. Mino Susumu, G-5091
Tea Bowl with Waves and a Crescent Moon, Stoneware with overglaze enamel Studio of Ninsei Edo period, 17th century G-23
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Water Jar with Peonies, Stoneware with overglaze enamel By Ninsei Edo period, 17th century G-303
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Square Dish with a Chinese Figure Watching Seagulls, Stoneware with underglaze iron oxide By Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) and Kenzan (1663–1743) Edo period, 18th century G-32
Tea Bowl, Named "Kanoko Madara (Fawn Speckles)" By Ichinyū (1640–96); Raku ware, black Raku type Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, G-5340
Tea Bowls for the New Year By Tannyū (1795–1854); Raku ware, red Raku type Edo period, 19th century Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke, G-1098
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Portable Dining Set with Dragons and Waves, Porcelain with underglaze blue By Aoki Mokubei (1767–1833) Edo period, 19th century Gift of Mr. Kasagi Tōru, G-5293
Large Bowl with a Tiger and Bamboo, Porcelain with underglaze blue Imari ware Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mr. Sakamoto Katsuji, G-5886
Large Dish with Flowers, Porcelain with overglaze enamel Imari ware Edo period, 18th century Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke, G-1059
Incense Burner in the Shape of an Elephant, Porcelain with overglaze enamel Imari Ware, Kakiemon type Edo period, 17th–18th century G-188
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