Bowl with Pampas Grass Design

Ogata KenzanEarly 18th century

Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth, United States

Ogata Kenzan, one of the great masters of painted ceramics in the Edo period (1615–1868), produced a distinctive style of freely brushed grasses, blossoms, and birds as decorative motifs for pottery. Kenzan’s famous workshop in Kyoto introduced innovative uses of pigments and glazes to pottery. This bowl, painted in a design of brilliantly colored reeds, was used for serving steamed food.


  • Title: Bowl with Pampas Grass Design
  • Creator: Ogata Kenzan
  • Date Created: Early 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 4 in. (8.5 x 10.2 cm)
  • Provenance: (Jean-Pierre Dubosc [1904-1988], Paris), possibly sometime between 1929 and 1947; purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1971.
  • Rights: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • External Link: www.kimbellart.org
  • Medium: Stoneware with iron oxide, colored enamels, and transparent glaze
  • Kamakura period (1185-1333): Edo period (1615–1868)
  • Japanese: Japanese
  • Artist Dates: (1663–1743)

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