Two-tiered box with Oribe glaze

Suzuki Gorō Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202

Suzuki’s work is inspired by Momoyama period (1573–1615) Oribe ware. On this two-tiered food box, he used the traditional dark brown and bright green Oribe glazes to depict whimsical motifs of crows, lamps, nude women, geometric patterns, and circular forms. Suzuki applied gold lacquer to mend cracks on the inside of the box in the kintsugi tradition of highlighting repairs on tea bowls rather than disguising them.

Two-tiered box with Oribe glaze, Suzuki Gorō (Japanese, born 1941), Stoneware with iron-oxide and coppergreen overglaze decoration and gold lacquer repairs (Oribe ware), Japan

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