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Bottle Vase

Okabe Mineo

Asian Art

MEDIUM Stoneware with oribe glaze
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1970
    DIMENSIONS 8 11/16 × 4 5/16 in. (22 × 11 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Artist's impressed seal mark on the base.
    INSCRIPTIONS Artist's inscription on the storage box.
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2020.1.2
    CREDIT LINE Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bottle-shaped flower vase (too large to serve as a sake server) with round base flaring outward to rounded shoulders, a narrow neck and flaring lip. The entire outer surface is covered with deep, irregular, horizontal incisions as well as irregular circular incisions, some of them overlapping, forming a ring at the center. Glazed with a deep green oribe glaze that catches on the incised shapes for an irregular surface. Okabe Mineo was a major figure in post-war Japanese ceramics. Trained in Seto ware in a ceramics-making family (his father was Kato Tokuro, his brother Kato Shigetaka), Okabe had a troubled relationship with his father that in some sense freed him to work in many historic and regional styles of pottery, including Oribe (as seen in this object) as well as later experimental work with celadon glazes. His work typically employs traditional media and firing techniques to make modern and unexpected forms. Accompanied by a traditional wood storage box, signed and sealed by the artist.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Okabe Mineo (Japanese, 1919-1990). Bottle Vase, ca. 1970. Stoneware with oribe glaze, 8 11/16 × 4 5/16 in. (22 × 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund, 2020.1.2 (Photo: , CUR.2020.1.2_side1_edited.jpg)
    IMAGE side, CUR.2020.1.2_side1_edited.jpg., 2019
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    Okabe Mineo (Japanese, 1919-1990). <em>Bottle Vase</em>, ca. 1970. Stoneware with oribe glaze, 8 11/16 × 4 5/16 in. (22 × 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund, 2020.1.2 (Photo: , CUR.2020.1.2_side1_edited.jpg)