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
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