Tea bowl

Artist: Wakao Toshisada (Japan, born 1933)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, ca. 1982
Stoneware with iron slip under feldspathic glaze
Mino ware, Shino type
H x W x D: 8.6 x 14.4 x 13.8 cm (3 3/8 x 5 11/16 x 5 7/16 in)
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Tajimi
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Japan, Mino ware, Shino type, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware, tea
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Frederick Baekeland


Wakao Toshidada was born in Tajimi, a town in the Mino region east of the city of Nagoya. His ceramics employ the materials and techniques of Shino ware, a product of Mino developed during the sixteenth century and favored for tea-ceremony utensils and tableware. Shino ware combines the local white clay with a translucent white glaze formulated from feldspar; its decoration incorporates iron pigment, either painted on or simply poured over the surface, as on this bowl.

Published References
  • Dr. Frederick Baekeland Robert Moes. Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections. Exh. cat. New York and Münsterschwarzach, Germany, December 1993 - August 1994. cat. 23.
  • Unknown title. vol. 24, no. 1 Hong Kong, January-February 1994. p. 5, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
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