Exhibitions/ Art Object

日本 宮下善爾 (1939–2012) 「創世」 (2009年)

Miyashita Zenji (Japanese, 1939–2012)
Heisei period (1989–present)
Stoneware with gradated colored clay (saidei)
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 16 in. (40.6 cm); D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Halsey and Alice North, in honor of Miyashita Zenji and Hideko, 2015
Accession Number:
By the early 1980s Miyashita Zenji had developed his signature style, which involved applying thin layers of tinted clay in gradations of hue. His mature work was a modern embodiment of a classic Kyoto style associated with the multilayered court robes or decorated papers made for inscribing poetry during the Heian period (794–1185). He applied fine layers of color using the clay itself, dyed with mineral pigments.
Signature: Signature on wooden box
[ Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, 2009; sold to North]; Halsey and Alice North , New York; (2009–2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Studies in Global Ceramic History," 2015.

Related Objects


Artist: Miyashita Zenji (Japanese, 1939–2012) Date: 2001 Medium: Stoneware with tinted blue clay bands Accession: 2001.732 On view in:Not on view

KE-5 (Recollected Vistas in Clay)

Artist: Kishi Eiko (Japanese, born 1948) Date: 2011 Medium: Shigaraki stoneware with colored clay chamotte Accession: 2015.442.4a–c On view in:Gallery 202


Artist: Kohyama Yasuhisa (Japanese, born 1936) Date: 2004 Medium: Stoneware, Shigaraki clay with natural ash glaze Accession: 2015.442.8 On view in:Gallery 202

Footprint of the Buddha (Bussokuseki)

Artist: Kondō Yutaka (Japanese, 1932–1983) Date: 1979 Medium: Stoneware with gray-black slip and impressed patterning with white slip inlay Accession: 2013.1125a, b On view in:Gallery 202

Square Bottle with Abstract Design

Artist: Kawai Kanjiro (Japanese, 1890–1966) Date: mid-20th century Medium: Stoneware with colored glaze and trailed slip Accession: 1978.49.1 On view in:Gallery 202