One of Five Serving Bowls (Mukozuke) with Prunus Design

Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663-1743)1700s-1800s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Note the rough, tan, clay bodies of these bowls with their deliberate irregularities. The design of branches was first painted in a black iron oxide, then the blossoms and buds in a white slip, followed by the application of a very thin transparent overglaze.

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  • Title: One of Five Serving Bowls (Mukozuke) with Prunus Design
  • Creator: Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663-1743)
  • Date Created: 1700s-1800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 6.9 cm (2 11/16 in.); Each side: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1963.508.1
  • Medium: Kyoto Ware: stoneware with underglaze iron oxide and slip decoration
  • Inscriptions: signature on bottom, 3 characters in brown iron.
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Cornelia Blakemore Warner Fund and Edward L. Wittemore Fund
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1963.508.1

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