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Celadon Karashishi (Chinese lion-dog)

Asian Art

On View: North Gallery
This figure of a mythical Chinese lion-dog is a virtuosic example of the flawless green-glazed porcelain produced produced in the eighteenth century in northwestern Kyushu, Japan. Typically, the glaze was applied over a layer of white slip (liquid clay). This enhances the celadon color and exaggerates the sinuous curves that make the animal so intensely expressive. A virtually unblemished ceramic sculpture of such scale and power is a particularly unusual technical achievement. In a Buddhist context, the karashishi is symbolic of the power and authority of the Buddha's teaching. This sculpture, however, was created as a decorative object and would have been place in the tokonoma, or display alcove, of a formal Japanese room.
MEDIUM White porcelain with celadon glaze (Nabeshima ware)
DATES late 18th-early 19th
PERIOD Edo Period
DIMENSIONS 10 3/8 x 17 1/2in. (26.4 x 44.5cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in North Gallery
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Guennol Collection
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CAPTION Celadon Karashishi (Chinese lion-dog), late 18th-early 19th. White porcelain with celadon glaze (Nabeshima ware), 10 3/8 x 17 1/2in. (26.4 x 44.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Guennol Collection, 1999.70. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.1999.70_1999_xrs_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1999
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