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Water Container (Mizusashi), Hagi ware

Kaneta Masanao

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Hagi, in southwestern Japan, has been a ceramics center since the sixteenth century, when Japan forcibly relocated a group of potters from Korea to the area. The Korean artisans developed a ceramic type that is favored by tea-ceremony aficionados because its orange clay and pinkish glaze accentuate the green color of the matcha tea served. One distinctive quality often found on Hagi ware is glaze that separates during firing to create a complex landscape of bumps and fissures on the surface. Kaneta Masanao is a modern Hagi master who uses the traditional materials of the region to create dramatic, faceted forms carved from heavy blocks of clay.
MEDIUM Glazed Stoneware
  • Place Made: Hagi, Japan
  • DATES 1999
    PERIOD Heisei Period
    DIMENSIONS 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (21.6 x 21.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2002.39
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi Yanagi
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    CAPTION Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, born 1953). Water Container (Mizusashi), Hagi ware, 1999. Glazed Stoneware, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (21.6 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi Yanagi, 2002.39. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2002.39_side1_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE side, 2002.39_side1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    Kaneta Masanao (Japanese, born 1953). <em>Water Container (Mizusashi), Hagi ware</em>, 1999. Glazed Stoneware, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (21.6 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hiroshi Yanagi, 2002.39. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2002.39_side1_PS9.jpg)