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Sculpture

Sculpture

  • Place of origin:

    Mashiko (made)

  • Date:

    about 1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Okada, Kenzo, born 1948 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, press-moulded with decoration in wax-resist and enamels in gold, white, purple and red

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    FE.29-1984

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 23, shelf 4

Physical description

Triangular sculptural form, made of buff stoneware clay, the piece was formed by press-moulding into an exterior mould. The imprints left by the open-meshed cloth that was used to line the mould are an important decorative feature of the pot's exterior. Finger marks are clearly visible inside. From above the pot is essentially the shape of an equilateral triangle. Each of the three equal side consists of a vertical central panel framed above and below by identical looking inward sloping sections that end in the mouth and base respectively. The central panels are mildly faceted around the corners while the upper and lower sections have strong angular indentations of an abstracted floral nature. The rim has three peaks corresponding to each of the corners of the triangle and slopes in its jagged fashion towards the centre of each side.

Place of Origin

Mashiko (made)

Date

about 1983 (made)

Artist/maker

Okada, Kenzo, born 1948 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, press-moulded with decoration in wax-resist and enamels in gold, white, purple and red

Marks and inscriptions

Mark 'Ken' on base

Dimensions

Height: 14.1 cm, Width: 7.7 cm

Object history note

Given by Madame Kikuchi as a gift to the Director of the V&A, Sir Roy Strong.

Descriptive line

Sculpture, stoneware, press-moulded with decoration in wax-resist and enamels in gold, white, purple and red; made by Okada Kenzo, Japan (Mashiko), about 1983

Production Note

Artist: Okada Kenzo (1948- )
Biographical reference: 'Japanese Ceramics Today'(V&A,1983) p.128.
Mashiko, Tochigi prefecture, JAPAN

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Moulded; Wax-resist

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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