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The Beauty and Technique of Chinese Ceramics

The Beauty and Technique of Chinese Ceramics / Toyokan Room 5   March 15, 2016 (Tue) - May 15, 2016 (Sun)

  
Horse, With pigment, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gift of Ms. Suzuki Makiko)

This thematic exhibition traces the history of Chinese ceramics from the 6th to the 18th century, focusing on the shapes that are characteristic of each period and decorative techniques such as incising, underglaze blue, and overglaze enamel.

Ceramic depictions of animals, for example, seem to be alive with energy and have sharp, smooth shapes like glass or metal. This type of expression is unique to ceramics and the plasticity of their clay. The flowing, three- dimensional incised lines and skilfully painted designs seen on ceramics have also captivated people for ages.

Moreover, this exhibition will display celadons created at various Chinese kilns in chronological order, showing how their surfaces became as smooth as jade over time.

Lastly, we hope this exhibition will allow visitors to enjoy Chinese ceramics from new perspectives.

 

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Horse, With pigmen, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gift of Ms. Suzuki Makiko)
Bowl, Figure design in underglaze blue, Jingdezhen ware, China, Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century (Lent by OKURA MUSEUM OF ART)
Ewer, Three-color glaze with dragon and wave design in gold and overglaze enamel, Jingdezhen ware, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century
Three-legged Incense Burner, Celadon glaze, Longquan ware, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century (Important Art Object, Lent by OKURA MUSEUM OF ART)


 

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