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Wine Ewer with Design of Chrysanthemums and Paulownia Crests in Alternating Fields

Period:
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
Date:
ca. 1596
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Lacquered wood with sprinkled gold (makie) decoration in Kōdaiji style
Dimensions:
H. (incl. handle) 10 in. (25.4 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm); W. (including spout) 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, by exchange, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.6
Not on view
This vessel may have been used by the powerful and flamboyant general Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536 – 1598), who unified Japan in the 1590s. His mausoleum, Kōdaiji, was furnished with lacquers produced by the Kōami workshop, featuring close-ups of autumn plants and Toyotomi family crests. Designed in what came to be known as the Kōdaiji style (referring to black lacquerware with sumptuous gold ornamentation), this container features a stunning contrast of two patterns — totally different in color, rhythm, and motif. This type of decoration was much favored at the time by artists working not only in lacquer but also in ceramics and textiles.
#8803. Wine Ewer with Design of Chrysanthemums and Paulownia Crests in Alternating Fields
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Inscription: Original inscription on the lid has been effaced, although the name (undeciphered) of the man who wrote the inscription remains on the inside of the box.
[ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, 1980; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kodai-ji Lacquer," 1995.

Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu. "Oribe, iwayuru Oribeizumu ni tsuite: Gifuken Bijutsukan kaikan 15-shūnen kinenten," October 17, 1997–December 7, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan," October 21, 2003–January 11, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Dedicated Collector: Mary Griggs Burke," June 30, 2004–November 29, 2004.

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