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Fresh Water Jar (Mizusashi)

Kaneta Masanao

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Hagi, in southwestern Japan, has been a ceramics center since the sixteenth century, when Japan forcibly relocated a group of potters from Korea to the area. The Korean artisans developed a ceramic type that is favored by tea-ceremony aficionados because its orange clay and pinkish glaze accentuate the green color of the matcha tea served. One distinctive quality often found on Hagi ware is glaze that separates during firing to create a complex landscape of bumps and fissures on the surface. Kaneta Masanao is a modern Hagi master who uses the traditional materials of the region to create dramatic, faceted forms carved from heavy blocks of clay.
MEDIUM Hagi ware: Glazed Stoneware
  • Place Made: Hagi, Japan
  • DATES 1999
    PERIOD Heisei Period
    DIMENSIONS 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (21.6 x 21.6 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi Yanagi
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