Ki-Seto dorabachi serving bowl

Artist: Okabe Mineo (1919-1990)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, ca. 1953-1954
Stoneware with copper-green pigment under ash glaze
H x Diam: 7.5 x 22.5 cm (2 15/16 x 8 7/8 in)
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Hiradobashi (Toyota)
Credit Line
Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Serving bowl (dorabachi)

Hauge collection, Japan, Seto ware, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware

From early 1950s 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 Victor Hauge from the artist Okabe Mineo in his studio in the early 1950s. Victor visited Okabe's workshop in the early 1950s and bought everything that was available for sale.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

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


Okabe Mineo (1919–1990, Seto, Aichi Prefecture) was the son of Kato Tokuro, another leading figure in the Momoyama Revival. During his early career Okabe continued his father’s repertory of Mino-style Oribe, Yellow Seto, and Shino glazes. (From the early 1960s he focused on Chinese-style celadon glazes.) Nonetheless, he exhibited his works not in the annual Traditional Craft Exhibition but in the fine arts Nitten, where ceramics were shown alongside painting and sculpture. In the 1954 Nitten exhibition his Green Oribe-glazed jar received a major prize. Okabe’s throwing is deft and fast, and his Green Oribe glaze is a deep, blue-edged tone. His versions of the “gong-shaped” serving dish, in both Green Oribe and Yellow Seto modes, show how a potter might develop a distinctive form and then try it in diverse glaze formats. 

Published References
  • Sherman Lee. Tea Taste in Japanese Art. Exh. cat. New York. cat. 62.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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