Brilliance and Mystery
- Wada Morihiro (Japanese, 1944–2008)
- Shōwa period (1926–89)
- 23 1/2 × 7 × 8 in. (59.7 × 17.8 × 20.3 cm)
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- Gift of Halsey and Alice North, 2017
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This tall, architectural piece is covered with a sharp, angular design in red, black, and gray, created through a combination of wax resist and engraving techniques. The surface patterning reinforces the vertical thrust of the form. Like Kuriki Tatsusuke, Wada Morihiro was strongly influenced during his formative years by the veteran porcelain specialist Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886–1963), whose compositions connect British Arts and Crafts design with modernist European sculpture and historical East Asian ceramics.