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Jōmon Vessel

Jōmon Vessel

縄文瓶

1968

Okabe Mineo 岡部 嶺男

(Japanese, 1919–1990)

Stoneware with celadon glaze

Overall: 27.8 x 26.2 x 27.1 cm (10 15/16 x 10 5/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

Weight: 10.9 kg / 24 lbs

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.192

Did you know?

Throughout his life, Okabe changed his surname three times; born Kanō Mineo, he changed his surname to Katō, after his mother, in 1927 and again to Okabe, after his wife, in 1978.

Description

Okabe Mineo presents his artistic vision in this work though an unexpected combination of materials and their treatment. The vessel features a celadon glaze, a high-level technique developed in China’s Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), on a ceramic body that evokes indigenous ceramic expressions of Japan’s Neolithic period (about 14,000–300 BC), known as the Jōmon, or “cord-marked” era, after designs found on some of its ceramics.

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