Incense Container with a Camellia, By Kenzan, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 13
January 17, 2023 (Tue) - April 16, 2023 (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||Incense Container with a Camellia||By Kenzan (1663–1743)||Edo period, 18th century||Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, G-5363|
|Tea Bowl||By Ichinyū (1640–96)||Edo period, 17th century||G-76|
|Tea Bowl, Named "Kanoko Madara (Fawn Speckles)"||By Ichinyū (1640–96)||Edo period, 17th century||Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, G-5340|
|Highlight||Important Cultural Property||Large Deep Bowl with Birds and Flowers||Imari ware, Kakiemon type||Edo period, 17th century||G-5101|
|Large Bowl with a Tiger and Bamboo||Imari ware||Edo period, 17th century||Gift of Mr. Sakamoto Katsuji, G-5886|
|Highlight||Sake Bottle with Cherry Blossoms and a Stream||Imari ware||Edo period, 17th century||Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige, G-5354|