Seto ware: stoneware with oribe glaze
9 13/16 × 9 1/16 × 10 1/4 in. (25 × 23 × 26 cm) (show scale)
Artist's signature on the base.
Artist's inscription on the storage box.
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Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund
Kato Shigetaka (Japanese, 1927-2013). Flower Vessel, ca. 1980. Seto ware: stoneware with oribe glaze, 9 13/16 × 9 1/16 × 10 1/4 in. (25 × 23 × 26 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund, 2020.1.1 (Photo: , CUR.TL2019.42.1_top_edited.jpg)
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Heavy vessel in roughly the shape of a cube but with many faceted sides and striations cut from a slab of clay. A round hole at the top is surrounded by a nearly flat shoulder with radiating incisions; this top is indented immediately around the opening with the incisions continuing to the hole. finer striations cover most of the many strata created by the deep cuts into the side facets. These are possibly created with a comb. At the center of each side is a flat (non-striated) facet with dripping green oribe glaze; otherwise the entire piece is in a dark red, apparently unglazed clay.
Kato Shigetaka was the son of celebrated ceramicist Kato Tokuro and the brother of ceramicist Okabe Mineo. Trained in Seto ware, he also worked in Mino and Shino wares.
Accompanied by a traditional wood storage box signed and sealed by the artist.
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