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Bottle with Abstract Orchids
Hamada Shōji (Japanese, 1894–1978)
Shōwa period (1926–89)
Stoneware with painted decoration on iron-oxide glaze
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Richard and Peggy Danziger and Anonymous Gifts, 1994
Designated a “Living National Treasure” in 1955, Hamada was one of the most influential ceramicists of the folk-art, or mingei, tradition, which—like the Arts and Crafts Movement in the West—extolled the innate expressiveness of work created by earlier, anonymous craftsmen. He was a close friend of Bernard Leach, and briefly worked with him in Cornwall.
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