On View: Asian Galleries, Arts of Japan, 2nd floor
Fujioka Shūhei is a master of Iga ware, a historical ceramic type that bears a close resemblance to Shigaraki ware, with orange clay, stony inclusions, and ash glaze. Here, he took care to form the asymmetrical rim and jagged incisions across both sides of this boat-shaped vessel, but he had minimal control over the surface ornamentation of ash glaze and scorch marks, which occur during firing. Ceramicists who work in this mode often discard large numbers of works because they are unsatisfied with the effects created in the kiln.
Iga ware: stoneware with ash glaze
6 11/16 x 15 15/16 x 10 1/4 in. (17 x 40.5 x 26 cm) (show scale)
On box lid, in Japanese:
Iga kaki (Iga Flower Vessel)
Gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner
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Fujioka Shuhei (Japanese, born 1947). Vessel, 2013. Iga ware: stoneware with ash glaze, 6 11/16 x 15 15/16 x 10 1/4 in. (17 x 40.5 x 26 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner, 2014.60.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 2014.60.4_view01_PS9.jpg)
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Boat-shaped bowl on carved feet, with rim cut to form a step on each side. Sides are incised deeply in angular lines. Parts of upper area of both interior and exterior are streaked with light green natural ash glaze that has pooled in the interior. One side is largely unglazed.
Object has storage box signed by the artist.
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