Bowl with design of tradescantia

Artist: Nakashima Ken'ichi (Japan, born 1949)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1990
Porcelain with enamels over colorless glaze
H x W x D: 12.7 x 46.7 x 46.7 cm (5 x 18 3/8 x 18 3/8 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Terai
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, "My goal is to give full expression to the traditions of Kutani overglaze enamel decoration, and I also bear in mind the vessel's function. The process of throwing the form on the potter's wheel introduces movement to the porcelain clay, and I try to reflect that rhythm in my design. On this bowl, sprays of tradescantia formed the basis for a simplified pattern. After I fired the glazed porcelain form to 1270 degrees C, I outlined the design with cobalt formulated for overglaze application and filled the outlines with thick applications of strong-colored enamels. Another firing at 930 degrees C fixed the enamels."

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
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