East Asian Art
DishMade in Japan, Asia
Momoyama Period (1568-1615), Late 16th century
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Stoneware with underglaze iron decoration (Shino ware)
Currently not on view
|125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by Warren H. Watanabe and with the Henry B. Keep Fund and the Hollis Family Foundation Fund, 2000|
LabelShino wares, produced in kilns located near the town of Mino, lent themselves especially well to the tea ceremony, in which each object is appreciated for its look, weight, and texture. This square dish, among the largest known Shino pieces, is painted in lead pigment with a design of geese and reeds. Its creamy white glaze is luxurious to the touch, and its hand-built form gives it the irregular shape prized by tea connoisseurs. The dish would have held food served at tea ceremonies.