Artist: Sagawa Iwao 佐川巌 (Japan, born 1933)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1991
Porcelain with green glaze
H x W x D: 28 x 32 x 32 cm (11 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 in)
Japan, Ehime prefecture, Tobe
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

According to the artist, "The raw materials for the porcelain body of this jar included china stone with enough iron to add a reddish yellow tint. The glaze was mixed from a small percentage of that same china stone, ash of isu (Distylium racemosum) wood, and iron oxide. It was thickly applied and fired in fairly heavy reduction (limited oxygen). The iron in the clay and the glaze combined to produce a green glaze with an agreeable texture and soft color. The glaze appears darker where it has pooled in the grooves that I incised in the leather-hard form."

Published References
  • America's Smithsonian: Celebrating 150 Years. Washington, 1996. p. 92.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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