Freshwater Jar (Mizusashi)

Makuzu Kōzan I (Miyagawa Toranosuke) Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

A star of the Moore ceramic collection, this freshwater jar features a whimsical composition with a procession of grasshoppers and a few wasps. The grasshoppers, carrying flowers as weapons or insignia, accompany an insect cage that echoes the palanquin of a high-ranking lady in a wedding procession or feudal lord’s procession. Inspired by paintings of the same subject, the theme must have appealed to Moore, who gravitated to anthropomorphic insects and animals. The Makuzu workshop exhibited a wide range of ceramics at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876.

Freshwater Jar (Mizusashi), Makuzu Kōzan I (Miyagawa Toranosuke) (Japanese, 1842–1916), Stoneware with polychrome overglaze enamels and gold, wood lid, ivory knob (Makuzu ware), Japan

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