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Kenzan-style Tea Bowl

Location

JAPAN, KYOTO
Kyoto ware

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Kenzan-style Tea Bowl

Date

19th c.

Materials

Earthenware, raku type

Dimensions

8.3 cm (h.), 12.4 cm (diam.)

Credits

Adaline Van Horne Bequest, inv. 1944.Dp.41

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The crane motif created by the white glaze on this tea bowl recalls the style established by Ogata Kenzan, whose spontaneous yet elegant motifs were rendered on the ceramic surface like paint on a canvas. Kenzan’s style gained wide popularity among ceramic makers throughout Japan: potters contemporary to Kenzan as well as those of later generations produced many pieces as a tribute to the great master.

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