Jar with design of pomegranates

Artist: Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985)
Historical period(s)
Taisho or Showa era, ca. 1923-1929
Porcelain with trailed slip and copper and cobalt pigments under bluish transparent (seihakuji) glaze
H x Diam: 18.9 x 26 cm (7 7/16 x 10 1/4 in)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Japan, pomegranate, porcelain, Showa era (1926 - 1989)

From at least 1963 to 1991
Private collector, purchased in Taipei, from at least 1963 [1]

From 1991
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by a private collector in 1991


[1] The donor purchased this jar in Taipei, Taiwan, while he was living there between 1956 and 1963 (according to Provenance Remark 1, L.A. Cort, November 3, 1994, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Province Henry


The Kyoto ceramic artist Kondo Yuzo received the designation of Living National Treasure from the Japanese government for his lifelong specialization in cobalt-decorated porcelain. This early work already displays Kondo's distinctive combination of a large-scale design motif on a plain, stable jar form. Kondo's use of color and scale reflects his training in a style of Japanese painting called Nihonga. He scetched the branch of pomegranates, one of his favorite motifs, by squeezing liquid porcelain clay through a tube to create relief lines. He then colored the fruits copper red and added accents of cobalt blue.  In later works he no longer used slip outlines and rarely used copper pigment.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 22, fig. 11.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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