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Mukozuke (Sweetmeat dish)

Ogata Kenzan

Asian Art

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
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
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 78.208
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
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