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Vessel

Suzuki Osamu

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
MEDIUM Glazed porcelain
DATES ca. 1960
DIMENSIONS 6 11/16 × 5 1/2 × 3 9/16 in. (17 × 14 × 9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Artist's mark on the back.
INSCRIPTIONS Artist's signature on the box.
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, North, 2nd floor (Japan)
ACCESSION NUMBER 2020.1.3
CREDIT LINE Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT
CAPTION Suzuki Osamu (Japanese, 1926-2001). Vessel, ca. 1960. Glazed porcelain, 6 11/16 × 5 1/2 × 3 9/16 in. (17 × 14 × 9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund, 2020.1.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2020.1.3_overall_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2020.1.3_overall_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small J-shaped flower vessel on a flaring foot. The piece consists of a squared tube of clay, closed at the bottom, that curves up to form a "J." The opening rim is torn and irregular. The exterior is glazed in white. The interior is either unglazed or slip-painted in reddish brown. On the convex side of the curve is a dripping splash of bright blue glaze with an incised circle inside an incised square, colored in black, on top. Suzuki was celebrated for his wide range of innovative forms, many of which were sculptural and playful, as seen in this early piece. He was a founder of the Sodeisha movement of Japanese ceramics, which promoted clay as a sculptural medium and encouraged an engagement with Modernist aesthetics. This piece is typical of the early years of that movement. Accompanied by a traditional wood storage box signed and sealed by the artist.
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Suzuki Osamu (Japanese, 1926-2001). <em>Vessel</em>, ca. 1960. Glazed porcelain, 6 11/16 × 5 1/2 × 3 9/16 in. (17 × 14 × 9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Partial gift of Steven Korff and Marcia Van Wagner and Bertram H. Schaffner Asian Art Fund, 2020.1.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2020.1.3_overall_PS11.jpg)