Large Folded Vessel with Deep Blue-Grey and Cream Tones, Mihara Ken (Japanese, born 1958), Stoneware with natural ash glaze; multiple firings, Japan

日本 三原研  (1958年生)  「起源 07」 (2007年)
Large Folded Vessel with Deep Blue-Grey and Cream Tones

Artist:
Mihara Ken (Japanese, born 1958)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
2007
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Stoneware with natural ash glaze; multiple firings
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); W. 23 5/8 in. (60 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, The B. D. G. Leviton Foundation Gift, in honor of Miyeko Murase, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.325
Rights and Reproduction:
© Ken Mihara
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
This vessel was built by folding a nearly square slab on a diagonal axis. Its form is defined by the contrast between the right angles at the slab’s corners and the curves along the body and bottom. The clay is from the Izumo area, the artist’s home, in Shimane Prefecture. The unglazed surface features a buff-colored residue acquired through a high-firing technique (yakishime).
Signature: artist's mark stamped on base: Ken



Inscription: Inscribed on box lid:
Title: Kigen 07 (Origin 07)
Signed: Ken
Sealed (red aquare): Ken

起源 07
[ Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, until 2007; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Studies in Global Ceramic History," 2015.