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Mukozuke (Sweetmeat dish)

Ogata Kenzan

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)

From the late sixteenth century, Japanese potters produced food dishes for use in the tea ceremony (chanoyu) as well as in fine dining. This vessel, originally part of a set, is decorated in the kyoyaki style in Kyoto at the end of the seventeenth century. Kyoyaki wares are characterized by overglaze enamels applied to low-fired clay bodies. The camellias, a favorite motif of the artist, were created by a paper-resist process: during firing the paper burned away, revealing the desired motif.

MEDIUM Stoneware with enamel background and paper-resist blossoms with enamel centers
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 18th century
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/16 x 3 1/8 in. (5.6 x 7.9 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE "Kenzan" in iron undergalze on foot
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
    CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of the J. Aron Charitable Foundation, Inc.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663-1743). Mukozuke (Sweetmeat dish), 18th century. Stoneware with enamel background and paper-resist blossoms with enamel centers, 2 3/16 x 3 1/8 in. (5.6 x 7.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of the J. Aron Charitable Foundation, Inc., 78.208. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.208_view01_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 78.208_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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