three levels: bottom section is round base topped by football-shaped body with some squared-off corners at sides, top rounded rectangular opening, with outward-flaring top; glazed brown with some light brown drips/splotches inside mouth; orange-red and green splotchy glaze elements on exterior

%C2%A9 Kawai Kanjiro

Vase, c. 1960

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With Hamada Shōji and Yanagi Sōetsu, Kawai Kanjirō was one of the progenitors of the mingei (folk art) movement in Japan in the 1930s. A supremely skilled and inventive potter whose work was widely admired, Kawai eschewed fame and even rejected the designation as a "Living National Treasure." This small vase demonstrates his sculptural approach to form with its small foot, faceted ovoid body, and flaring, angular neck. He further accentuated the contemporary nature of the work by applying colored glazes in a seemingly random "splashed" manner.

Details
Title
Vase
Artist Life
1890 - 1966
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2011.41
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three levels: bottom section is round base topped by football-shaped body with some squared-off corners at sides, top rounded rectangular opening, with outward-flaring top; glazed brown with some light brown drips/splotches inside mouth; orange-red and green splotchy glaze elements on exterior

© Kawai Kanjiro

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