Sunday, October 7, 2012

EDO PERIOD: Tea Bowl with Decoration of Standing Cranes

The design on this vessel can be traced back to the ubiquitous cranes of Goryeo celadon, which have been filtered here through an Edo-period Japanese sensibility.
 Rokubei's tea bowl is, in fact, a copy of a late seventeenth century Busan-kiln product (export ware made in Korea according to Japanese specifications), and the model he reprised was itself a nod to earlier prototypes (Goryeo period celadon and fifteenth- and sixteenth-century revivalist celadon exported to Japan). 
The Kyoto master affirmed his place in this prestigious lineage by literally leaving his mark: his seal is stamped near the base.

Kiyomizu Rokubei I  (Japanese, 1737–1799)
Period: Edo period (1615–1868) 
Date: mid- to late 18th century 
Culture: Japan 
Medium: Stoneware with inlaid design (Kyoto ware) 
Dimensions: H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of rim 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Diam. of foot 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) Classification: Ceramic 
Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936 
Accession Number: 36.120.518a–e

This artwork is not on display

Found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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