Gorgeous Effigy (Kayō)

Yoshikawa Masamichi Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202

In this work, Yoshikawa successfully combined the purity of porcelain with a love of texture, carved surfaces, and architectural forms. He left his clay thickly modeled with uneven surfaces and generously applied pale-blue seihakuji glaze, creating carefully controlled drips around the base. While celadons are traditionally celebrated for their sharp forms, Yoshikawa creates bold sculptures covered with pooling and dripping seihakuji glaze. This porcelain sculpture calls to mind Korean ceramics of the later Joseon period (17th–19th century), but the idea of a ceramic house model has much earlier precedents, suggesting that this abstract compound might have been inspired by Chinese pottery buildings of the Han dynasty. Based in Tokoname, Yoshikawa also creates blue-and-white functional works.

Gorgeous Effigy (Kayō), Yoshikawa Masamichi (Japanese, born 1946), Porcelain with pale-blue glaze (seihakuji), Japan

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