Artist: Tamura Keisei 田村敬星 (Japan, born 1949)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1990
Porcelain with polychrome and silver enamels over colorless glaze
H x W x D: 53.3 x 19.2 x 19.2 cm (21 x 7 9/16 x 7 9/16 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Komatsu
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, "On a severe shape made from slightly bluish Kutani clay, I used traditional Kutani enamels for overglaze decoration.  Basing the design on enamels colored with copper or cobalt, I chose a wide range of closely related shades of green and blue to paint the small scale, complex pattern.  Silver enamel adds contrast to the harmonious, flowing design.  I hope that the finished effect suggests the reflection of light on the surface of moving water."

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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