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Faceted Vase

Akihiro Maeta, Japanese, born 1954

Made in Japan, Asia

Heisei Period (1989-2019)


White porcelain

13 5/16 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/2 inches (33.8 × 26.7 × 26.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 342, Asian Art, third floor

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Purchased with funds contributed by Maxine de S. Lewis and Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, 2017

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The deceptively simple appearance of this vase disguises the complex techniques that went into making it. Maeta first formed the piece on a potter’s wheel. Then he created the faceting with his hands and wood spatulas. Finally, he fired it multiple times in the kiln to obtain its creamy color.

The Japanese government designated Maeta a "Living National Treasure" in 2013 for his outstanding skill in making white porcelain wares such as this one.

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