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Spherical Vase

Artist:
Tokuda Yasokichi III (Japanese, Komatsu, Kanazawa, 1933–2009)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
2001
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Porcelain with deep purple glaze
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Barbara and William Karatz Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.734
Rights and Reproduction:
© Tokuda Yasokichi III
Not on view
Tokuda, who was originally named Masahiko, started potting at age eighteen and was named a Living National Treasure in 1997. His grandfather, the first Yasokichi (1873–1957), rediscovered many of the traditional glazes used in the Kutani wares produced in the early seventeenth to the early eighteenth century. It is this tradition, noted for its colorful red, blue, yellow, green, and purple glazes, which serves as the source for Yasokichi’s imaginative effects.
Signature: [painted in Chinese characters on bottom] Yasokichi
Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, until 2001; sold to MMA]
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. "The Written Image: Japanese Calligraphy and Paintings from the Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection," October 1, 2002–March 2, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Autumn and Winter," June 22, 2006–September 10, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

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