Portable Dining Set with Dragons and Waves, By Aoki Mokubei, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kasagi Tōru, Important Cultural Property)
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 13
July 20, 2022 (Wed) - October 16, 2022 (Sun)
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.
|Highlight||Important Cultural Property||Large Jar||Tokoname ware||Heian period, 12th century||Private collection|
|Important Cultural Property||Jar with Peony Vines||Seto ware||Kamakura period, 14th century||G-344|
|Water Jar Shaped Like a Bag for Gold Dust||Takatori ware||Edo period, 17th century||G-5779|
|Tea Bowl with Waves and a Crescent Moon||Studio of Ninsei||Edo period, 17th century||G-23|
|Highlight||Important Cultural Property||Square Dish with a Chinese Poet Watching Seagulls||By Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) and Shinsei (1663–1743)||Edo period, 18th century||G-32|
|Highlight||Important Cultural Property||Portable Dining Set with Dragons and Waves||By Aoki Mokubei (1767–1833)||Edo period, 19th century||Gift of Mr. Kasagi Tōru, G-5293|
|Large Dish with Flowers||Imari ware||Edo period, 18th century||Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke, G-1059|