Square bottle

Maker(s)
Artist: Shimaoka Tatsuzo (Japan, 1919-2007)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, ca. 1988
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 27.7 x 11.2 cm (10 7/8 x 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Tochigi prefecture, Mashiko
Credit Line
Gift of the London Gallery and Shinsaku Hamada
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1989.28
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle

Keywords
Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Following the death in 1977 of his teacher, Hamada Shoji, Shimaoka Tatsuzo became a leader of the Japanese Folk Craft Movement. In 1953 he built his own workshop next to Hamada's in the town of Mashiko. He has trained foreign potters and has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. The molded square bottle form, which derives from European glass wine flasks, has been popular in Japan since the seventeenth century. Shimaoka decorated this piece by coating it with liquid clay (slip) and then carving through the slip, a technique inspired by Korean pottery.

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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