Flower Container, Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, born 1953; active Yamaguchi), Stoneware with brown glaze; Hagi ware, Japan

日本 兼田昌尚  (1953年生)  萩焼花器 (2003年)
Flower Container

Artist:
Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, born 1953; active Yamaguchi)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present),
Date:
2003
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Stoneware with brown glaze; Hagi ware
Dimensions:
16 1/2 x 15 in. (41.9 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, The B. D. G. Leviton Foundation Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.368
Rights and Reproduction:
© Kaneta Masanao
Not on view
This vessel with a golden-brown glaze has the primordial shape of an egg. The top appears to have erupted, as though pushed from within by a life force. Instead of being thrown on the wheel, the vessel was hand built, with its interior carved and its exterior patted into shape, expressing the potter’s primary concern for the discovery of form. According to the artist’s own credo, the vessel is “free of the wheel that shapes the clay.”
Signature: Signed: Masanao tsukuru
Sealed: Masanao
[ Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. , New York, until 2004; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Studies in Global Ceramic History," 2015.