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Wine Ewer with Design of Chrysanthemums and Paulownia Crests in Alternating Fields

Period:
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
Date:
ca. 1596
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Lacquered wood with sprinkled gold (makie) decoration in Kōdaiji style
Dimensions:
H. (incl. handle) 10 in. (25.4 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm); W. (including spout) 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.6
Not on view
This vessel may have been used by the powerful and flamboyant general Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536 – 1598), who unified Japan in the 1590s. His mausoleum, Kōdaiji, was furnished with lacquers produced by the Kōami workshop, featuring close-ups of autumn plants and Toyotomi family crests. Designed in what came to be known as the Kōdaiji style (referring to black lacquerware with sumptuous gold ornamentation), this container features a stunning contrast of two patterns — totally different in color, rhythm, and motif. This type of decoration was much favored at the time by artists working not only in lacquer but also in ceramics and textiles.
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