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Bowl with design of cherry blossoms and maple leaves

20th century


Arakawa Takeo


1913 – 2012

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Mino ware bowl with design of cherry blossom and maple leaf
    Alternative title
    Unkin hachi
    Place where the work was made
    Shōwa 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
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Arakawa Takeo

    Works in the collection


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 The poetic metaphors were originally made by the 7th century court poet Kakinomoto (no) Hitomaro, who was described as a saint of poetry in the 10th century 'Kokinshu', an anthology of ancient and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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications