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Title

Bowl with design of cherry blossoms and maple leaves

20th century


Artist

ARAKAWA Takeo

Japan

1913 -


About

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 The poetic metaphors were originally made by the 7th century court poet Kakinomoto (no) Hitomaro, who was described as a saint of poetry in the 10th century 'Kokinshu', an anthology of ancient and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.


Details


Other Title

Mino ware bowl with design of cherry blossom and maple leaf


Alternative title

Unkin hachi


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

20th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with overglaze enamel


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

278.1981


Artist information

ARAKAWA Takeo

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Sydney, 1991, 2. cat.no. 1

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