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  • Place of origin:

    Kyoto (made)

  • Date:

    about 1930-1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ishiguro, Munemaro, born 1893 - died 1968 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, with underglaze iron decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Nakajima Yoichi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Dish of shallow form rising in a continuous curve to a square, roughly finished edge.
Thrown from rough buff-coloured stoneware clay containing occasional large particles of iron oxide; slight ridge on interior below rim; turned almost flat base.
Glaze coverage complete except for fingermarks around base and on part of exterior; smooth coverage inside, crawling on exterior where the piece has been turned.
Remains of five spur marks on both base and interior.
Decoration: Reeds

[Wooden box and certifying signature of Shimizu Uichi]

Place of Origin

Kyoto (made)


about 1930-1940 (made)


Ishiguro, Munemaro, born 1893 - died 1968 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, with underglaze iron decoration


Diameter: 30.0 cm

Object history note

Ishiguro Munemaro was a pioneering figure in the world of modern Japanese ceramics. Designated a Living National Treasure in 1955, he was responsible for the revival of many classical Oriental ceramic styles and techniques. This dish imitates Karatsu wares made in western Japan in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Descriptive line

Dish, stoneware with underglaze iron decoration, made by Ishiguro Munemaro, Kyoto (Yase), Japan, about 1930-40

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See biogref; Hamada Shoji 'Gendai no togei', vol.17, p.16, vol.1 pp.86-88. vol.4, p.53 (1977) (NAL JK.17,1,4)
Roberts, Laurance P. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1976, p. 56.
Yutaka Tazawa Biographical Dictionary of Japanese art, 1981, p.548 (SOAS library: FJ 470646)

Production Note

Kyoto (Yase), Kyoto, JAPAN




Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Stoneware; Studio Pottery


East Asia Collection

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