Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Red and White Plum Blossoms

Kyohei Fujita (Japanese, born 1921)
Glass, silver, gold leaf, platinum leaf
9 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (22.9 x 17.1 x 17.1 cm) (with lid) 2 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (6 x 17.1 x 17.1 cm) (lid)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Fujita Family and Maurine Littleton Gallery, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.105a, b
Not on view
Both contemporary and deeply rooted in the Japanese decorative arts tradition, Kyohei Fujita made monumental glass forms. The striking use of color and contrasting metallic inclusions relate this piece to the lacquer boxes, or casuri bako, that are part of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, yet the abstract pattern and simple form are unmistakably modern.
Inscription: Signed (bottom): Kyohei Fujita
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement," December 22, 2006–December 2, 2007, no catalogue.

John T. Carpenter. Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2012, no. 74, ill. p. 163 (color).

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