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(Japan 1913 – )

Bowl with design of cherry blossoms and maple leaves
Other titles:
Mino ware bowl with design of cherry blossom and maple leaf
Alternative title:
Unkin hachi
Place of origin
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
20th century
Media category
Materials used
stoneware with overglaze enamel

8.8 x 26.6 cm

Signature & date
Artist's mark on base, ink, inscribed. Not dated. Artist's mark on lid [associated NWA box], ink, inscribed. Not dated.
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1981
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

When cherry blossoms and autumn maples are combined as a motif, it is called 'cloud and brocade', referring to the cherry blossoms of Mount Yoshino and the maple leaves floating in Tatsuta River respectively. The poetic metaphors were originally made by the 7th century court poet Kakinomoto (no) Hitomaro, who was described as a saint of poetry in the 10th century 'Kokinshu', an anthology of ancient and contemporary poems.

Arakawa Takeo is the first son of Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), who was instrumental in rediscovering the Momoyama period kiln sites that produced Shino ware, and succeeded in recreating the characteristic luscious Shino glaze, the technique for which had been forgotten. Arakawa continues his father's passion for various traditional styles of tea wares.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.202.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Sydney, 1991, 2. 1

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The aesthetic of transience', Sydney, 2003, 202 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

The four seasons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 1989–Jul 1990