Bowl with design of flowers and grasses

Artist: Imaizumi Imaemon XIII 13代 今泉今右衛門 (Japan, 1926-2001)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1990
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze, enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Nabeshima type
H x W x D: 11 x 46 x 46 cm (4 5/16 x 18 1/8 x 18 1/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Nabeshima type, flower, grass, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

During the Edo period (1615-1868), one type of polychrome porcelain was developed in Arita for exclusive use by the ruling Nabeshima house.  Nabeshima ware has been produced by thirteen generations of the Imaizumi family workshop, whose assembled skills have been designated Intangible Cultural Properties of Japan.  This piece by the current head of the workshop shows his signature technique of creating a textured background by blowing cobalt pigment through a fine mesh.  Cobalt in varying densities also outlines and fills the floral motifs, and red enamel completes the design.

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