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Bottle with Sugar Cane

Hamada Shōji (Japanese, 1894–1978)
Shōwa period (1926–89)
ca. 1960
Stoneware with painted decoration on iron-oxide glaze
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Richard and Peggy Danziger and Anonymous Gifts, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
Hamada was one of the most influential ceramicists of the folk art, or mingei, tradition in Japan, which extolled the innate expressiveness of earlier work by anonymous craftsmen. This bottle represents the artist’s distinctive style—a synthesis of influences from varied sources. Hamada was a close friend of the British studio potter Bernard Leach and briefly worked with him in Cornwall.
[ Barlett Baker , St. Paul, MN, until 1994; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Studies in Global Ceramic History," 2015.

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