Covered jar, “Oxcart”

Maker(s)
Artist: Miura Koheiji (1933-2006)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, ca. 1991
Medium
Stoneware with guan-style glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 21 x 25.5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Willard Clark, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Feinberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sokol
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1992.9a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, ox, stoneware
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The Tokyo-based ceramic artist Miura Koheiji has devoted his career to mastering the thick, crackled blue glaze based on Chinese guan (official) ware made for the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1289) court. His subjects for ornamentation, however--like the oxcart-shaped handle on the lid of this jar--come from rural scenes he observed during a series of trips through Central and Southwest Asia. Miura has said that the sky blue of his hallmark glaze reminds him of a lake he once saw in Afghanistan.  

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. 57.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 20, fig. 6.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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