Dorabachi basin with Oribe glaze

Artist: Kitaoji Rosanjin 北大路 魯山人 (1883-1959)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1930s
Stoneware with copper-green glaze
H x Diam: 7.5 x 29 cm (2 15/16 x 11 7/16 in)
Japan, Kanagawa prefecture, Kita Kamakura
Credit Line
Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Basin (dorabachi)

copper-green glaze, Hauge collection, Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware

From 1972 to 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge [1]

From 2010
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge in 2010


[1] Curatorial notes: Purchased by Taka Hauge at a silent auction at the Tokyo Bijutsu Club in 1972.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Victor and Takako Hauge (1919-2013, 1923-2015)


Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883–1959)—calligrapher, gourmand, cultural impresario—began designing ceramics in order to provide tableware that met his standards for the restaurant “Hoshigaoka” that he ran in Tokyo. Rosanjin is a distinctly modern figure who was not bound to any kiln site but browsed among regional ceramic styles, recreating those that pleased him by employing knowledgeable technicians, orchestrating the shapes and glazes and adding the finishing touches. The Shino and Oribe traditions of Mino ware of the late 16th and early 17th century became available to him after he hired the Mino potter Arakawa Toyozo, who studied the old kilns in order to recreate authentic glazes. Rosanjin’s large dorabachi (“gong-shaped” basin) is a shape unknown at the early Mino kilns yet a perfect foil for an acid green version of Oribe glaze and for Hoshigaoka cuisine. 

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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