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日本 濱田庄司 (1894–1978) 蘭文徳利 (1960年頃)
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’s and briefly worked with him in Cornwall.
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