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色絵濁手竹鳥文鉢 (Large dish with design of wagtail and bamboo)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2015,3045.1

  • Title (object)

    • 色絵濁手竹鳥文鉢 (Large dish with design of wagtail and bamboo)
  • Description

    Large dish. Decorated with design of a wagtail resting on a branch of bamboo. Made of porcelain, painted with overglaze polychrome enamel.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1971
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 45 centimetres
    • Height: 11.3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This large dish with its naturalistic painting of a wagtail resting on a delicate branch of bamboo is a masterwork by Sakaida Kakiemon XIII, a designated Living National Treasure. In contrast to his father (Kakiemon XII) who favoured more traditional methods, Kakiemon XIII when possibly sketched his own designs from nature and attempted to create new shapes and patterns to refresh the traditional Kakiemon artistic vocabulary.
    In 1953, he and his father succeeded in recreating the famous later 17th-century creamy white porcelain body called nigoshide that had made earlier Kakiemon wares so attractive in European markets. In 1971, the nigoshide technique was designated a National Important Cultural Treasure. In 1973, Kakiemon XIII was designated a Preserver of an Important Intangible Cultural Property or ‘Living National Treasure’ by the Japanese government. When designated, Kakiemon XIII created two large and generally identical dishes, one of which is now in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and this one, which was originally kept as a demonstration work for his workshop.
    (NR 2015)

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2015 Oct-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2015

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2015,3045.1

Large dish. Decorated with design of a wagtail resting on a branch of bamboo. Made of porcelain, painted with overglaze polychrome enamel.

kakiemon xv, a grandson of the artist, granted image copyright on 15 december 2015 for all works including new acquisitions in the future. the original paperwork is on file in the department asia admin office. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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