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"Ceramics"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 13  August 17, 2021 (Tue) - November 7, 2021 (Sun)

  
Large Deep Bowl with Birds and Flowers, Porcelain with overglaze enamel
Imari ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)

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 12 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Large Jar, Stoneware with natural ash glaze Tokoname ware Heian period, 12th century Private collection
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Jar with Peony Vines Seto ware Kamakura period, 14th century G-344
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Large Jar with Triskelions, Stoneware Suzu ware Heian period, 12th century Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
_MD_EXPLANATION Tea Bowl, Named “Hashihime (Bridge Maiden)” Mino ware, Shino type Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon, G-4830
_MD_EXPLANATION Large Bowl with Flowering Plants, Stoneware with underglaze iron oxide Karatsu ware Edo period, 17th century G-5778
_MD_RECOMMEND Tea Bowl with Motifs from the “Autumn Excursion” Chapter of "The Tale of Genji", Stoneware with overglaze enamel Studio of Ninsei Edo period, 17th century Gift of Ms. Yamamoto Tomiko and Mr. Yamamoto Kenji, G-5750
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Art Object Footed Tray with a Flying Phoenix, Porcelain with overglaze enamel By Okuda Eisen (1753–1811) Edo period, 18th–19th century Gift of Mr. Ōkōchi Masatoshi, G-4996
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 Large Deep Bowl with Birds and Flowers, Porcelain with overglaze enamel Imari ware, Kakiemon type Edo period, 17th century G-5101
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
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