Vessel with dripping black ink patterns (Sumi nagashi tsubo)

Kondō Yutaka Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202

This tall vessel by the Kyoto ceramist Kondō Yutaka is an early work from his brief but illustrious career. It was perhaps conceived as a flower vase, but as it is double-mouthed, the openings of which are barely wide enough for any flower to pass through, it shows sculptural qualities instead. The decoration has an abstract and painterly quality, reminiscent of Japanese ceramics made around the 1950s and 1960s by mingei artists such as Kawai Kanjirō and Hamada Shōji.

Vessel with dripping black ink patterns (Sumi nagashi tsubo), Kondō Yutaka (Japanese, 1932–1983), Stoneware with white slip and black glaze, Japan

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