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日本 近藤豊  (1932–1983) 「仏足石」 (1979年)
Footprint of the Buddha (Bussokuseki)

Kondō Yutaka (Japanese, 1932–1983)
Shōwa period (1926–89)
Stoneware with gray-black slip and impressed patterning with white slip inlay
Overall (each): 7 11/16 × 7 3/4 × 15 11/16 in. (19.5 × 19.7 × 39.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Halsey and Alice North, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.1125a, b
Rights and Reproduction:
© Kondō Yutaka
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
The potter was inspired by the ancient Indian motif of the sacred footprint the Buddha was said to leave wherever his message was heard. Rather than adorn the foot with religious symbols, however, the artist impressed the surface with decorative patterning and miscellaneous texts that include names of countries and cities. The names of entertainment districts in Kyoto and Tokyo are revealing of his personal journey.
[ Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, 2005; sold to North]; Halsey and Alice North , New York (2010–13)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Studies in Global Ceramic History," 2015.

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