Japanese Collection

Water Jar (Mizusashi)
Water Jar (Mizusashi)

Water Jar (Mizusashi)

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
late 16th century
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze (Bizen ware)
8 1/4 x 8 11/16 in. (20.9 x 22.1 cm)
AP 1973.01
The Bizen kilns near the town of Imbe in Okayama prefecture are known to have been active since the thirteenth century.
Wine Flask
Wine Flask

Wine Flask

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
late 16th or early 17th century
Wood with black and red lacquer (Negoro ware)
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.9 x 22.3 cm)
AP 1981.16
Negoro lacquerwares constitute a special group of simple food-serving utensils that are distinctive for their solid, cinnabar red finish and austere, functional forms.
An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima
An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima

An Exiled Emperor on Okinoshima

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
c. 1600
Six-fold screen; ink, gold, silver, and pigments on paper
58 1/4 x 137 in. (148 x 348 cm)
AP 1971.11
In this melancholy scene, the large sea of rough, billowing waves, the nobleman seated in the hut with only his books and koto as companions, and the dusky tones of ink and silver and gold, suggest the solitude of a distant island.
Storage Jar
Storage Jar

Storage Jar

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
c. 1600
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze (Shigaraki ware)
14 x 11 5/8 in. (35.6 x 29.5 cm)
AP 1969.08
The Shigaraki kilns in Shiga prefecture have been an active pottery center since the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and continue to produce pottery up to the present day.
Temples in Eastern Kyoto
Temples in Eastern Kyoto

Temples in Eastern Kyoto

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615), Keicho era (1596–1615)
c. 1600
Six-fold screen; mineral pigments on gold
35 1/2 x 110 1/16 x 13/16 in. (90.2 x 279.5 x 2 cm)
AP 1986.10
In the Momoyama period, Kyoto emerged as a large urban center with a newly wealthy merchant class that developed a taste for paintings reflecting their vibrant, affluent lifestyle.
Baluster Jar
Baluster Jar

Baluster Jar

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
17th century
Porcelain with overglaze colored enamels (Arita ware)
11 x 9 1/2 in. (28 x 24.1 cm)
AP 1972.12
Japanese porcelains were first developed in the early seventeenth century, near the town of Arita in northern Kyushu, by Korean immigrant potters who discovered porcelain clay in that area. The earliest wares were decorated with Chinese-style designs painted in underglaze blue.
Jar with Floral Design
Jar with Floral Design

Jar with Floral Design

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
17th century
Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels (Arita ware, Kakiemon type)
19 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (48.9 x 35.3 cm)
AP 1968.10
The rapid development and diversification of the Japanese porcelain industry in the seventeenth century was the result of many technically skilled potters being brought to Japan from Korea.
Large Jar
Large Jar

Large Jar

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
17th or 18th century
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze (Shigaraki ware)
24 3/16 x 19 5/16 in. (61.5 x 49 cm)
AG 1980.03
The Shigaraki kilns in Shiga prefecture have been an active pottery center since the eighth century.
Mukozuke
Mukozuke

Mukozuke

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
early 17th century
Stoneware with gray glaze and iron oxide (Karatsu ware)
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Diam. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
AP 1971.12
The city of Karatsu on the island of Kyushu flourished as a ceramic-producing center by the end of the sixteenth century. The main products of the Karatsu kilns, which derived from Korean prototypes, were utensils for the tea ceremony.
Octagonal Bowl
Octagonal Bowl

Octagonal Bowl

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
17th century
Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze colored enamels (Arita ware)
4 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (10.4 x 21 cm)
AP 1968.09
The first Japanese porcelains were developed in the early seventeenth century after the techniques were introduced into Japan from Korea.
Portable Cabinet with Gourd Design
Portable Cabinet with Gourd Design

Portable Cabinet with Gourd Design

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
early 17th century
Black lacquer with designs in brown lacquer, gold, and silver on wood
12 1/8 x 10 1/8 x 15 7/8 in. (30.8 x 25.7 x 40.4 cm)
AP 1976.02
The decorative potential of lacquer (the sap of the lacquer tree Rhus vernicifera) has been explored in Japan since the sixth century in a variety of styles and techniques.
Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia
Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia

Sliding Door Panel with Design of Imperial Eagle, Plum Tree, and Camellia

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
first half of 17th century
Cryptomeria wood, gesso with pigments
62 3/4 x 32 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (159.4 x 81.6 x 2.9 cm)
AP 1995.05
This sliding door panel, adorned with a majestic white eagle perched on a blossoming plum tree, is the right half of a two-panel sugito (cedar door). The motif of the eagle, like the hawk, was most likely a symbol of the samurai (warrior) class in Japan.
Water Jar (Mizusashi) with Cover
Water Jar (Mizusashi) with Cover

Water Jar (Mizusashi) with Cover

Japan
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
early 17th century
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze (Bizen ware)
H. 6 15/16 in (17.7 cm); Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
AP 1972.13 a,b
The Bizen kilns near the town of Imbe in Okayama prefecture are known to have been active since the thirteenth century.
Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo
Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo

Wheat, Poppies, and Bamboo

Kano Shigenobu
Japanese (active c. 1620–1630)
Edo period (1615–1868)
early 17th century
Six-fold screen; ink, colors, and gofun on gold leaf paper
59 13/16 x 140 9/16 in. (152 x 357 cm)
AP 1969.10
This brilliant screen depicts young wheat, blossoming poppies, and bamboo, all of the summer season. Boldly patterned with bright mineral colors on a gold ground, it exemplifies the exuberant decorative style of the Kano school.
Handled Dish
Handled Dish

Handled Dish

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1650
Stoneware with transparent glaze, iron oxide, and colored enamels (Oribe ware)
4 13/16 x 8 x 7 13/16 in. (12.3 x 20.3 x 19.9 cm)
AG 1983.02
The name of Oribe ware derives from the tea-ceremony practitioner and warrior of the Momoyama period, Furuta Oribe (1544–1615), the most devoted student of Sen no Rikyu (1522–1591), one of the most famous tea-ceremony masters in Japan.
Mizusashi
Mizusashi

Mizusashi

Japan
Edo period (1615–1868)
c. 1700
Stoneware with brownish black and creamy white glazes (Karatsu ware)
7 5/16 x 4 3/4 in. (18.5 x 12.1 cm)
AG 1971.02
The subdued quality of Karatsu wares has been much appreciated by devotees of the tea ceremony. A mizusashi is a jar with a lid used to hold fresh water for pouring into the kama (kettle) or for rinsing the tea bowls and tea whisk.

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