Tea Bowl with Decoration of Standing Cranes, Kiyomizu Rokubei I (Japanese, 1737–1799), Stoneware with inlaid design (Kyoto ware), Japan

Tea Bowl with Decoration of Standing Cranes

Kiyomizu Rokubei I (Japanese, 1737–1799)
Edo period (1615–1868)
mid- to late 18th century
Stoneware with inlaid design (Kyoto ware)
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Diam. of rim 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Diam. of foot 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
The design on this vessel can be traced back to the ubiquitous cranes of Goryeo celadon, which have been filtered here through an Edo-period Japanese sensibility. Rokubei's tea bowl is, in fact, a copy of a late seventeenth century Busan-kiln product (export ware made in Korea according to Japanese specifications), and the model he reprised was itself a nod to earlier prototypes (Goryeo period celadon and fifteenth- and sixteenth-century revivalist celadon exported to Japan). The Kyoto master affirmed his place in this prestigious lineage by literally leaving his mark: his seal is stamped near the base.
Marking: Sei (in hexagon, imp.)
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art," April 7, 2011–August 14, 2011.