Pottery and Porcelain
Pursuing our philosophy of "Beauty in Everyday Life," it was essential for our museum to formulate an acquisition policy that would include these items that were so deeply rooted in daily Japanese life. The present collection is diverse enough to show the overall development of pottery and porcelain in Japan. Our collection of ancient pottery and porcelain from the Nara and Heian periods consists of tricolor-, green- and ash-grazed pieces. As for the medieval Kamakura and Muromachi periods, our collection covers pieces typical of the kiln sites in Koseto, Tokoname, Shigaraki, Tamba, Bizen and Suzu. The elegant pottery and porcelain in Momoyama style, such as Shino ware and Oribe type produced in the Mino district, Karatsu ware and Takatori ware from Kyusyu, Iga ware and Bizen ware (produced from Momoyama to the Edo periods), reflect vigorous activity by the potters of the early modern age. The porcelain produced in the Hizen district, mainly Imari ware, which became extremely popular in the Edo period, is of the highest quality. Although we began taking an interest in modern works of art in 1986. In field of pottery, we collected the works of the modern artists Tomimoto Kenkichi, Yagi Kazuo and more over various artists.

"Tricolored glazed vase" "Ash-glazed vase, Sanage ware" "Iron-brown-glazed vase with plum blossom design, early Seto ware" "Vase with plum blossom design, Tokoname ware" "Large jar, Shigaraki ware"
Tricolored glazed vase Ash-glazed vase, Sanage ware Iron-brown-glazed vase with plum blossom design, early Seto ware Vase with plum blossom design, Tokoname ware Large jar, Shigaraki ware

"Lobed vase, Iga ware" "Ryugo-shaped flower vase, Ki-seto type Mino ware" "Seto-guro tea bowl, Mino ware" "Flat bowl with willow tree design on gray background, Shino type Mino ware" "Square lidded box, Oribe-type Mino ware"
Lobed vase, Iga ware Ryugo-shaped flower vase, Ki-seto type Mino ware Seto-guro tea bowl, Mino ware Flat bowl with willow tree design on gray background, Shino type Mino ware Square lidded box, Oribe-type Mino ware

"Suhama-shaped handled bowl with floral design, Oribe type Mino ware" "Candlestick in the shape of Western figure, Oribe type Mino ware" "Bowl with iron-painted iris design, Karatsu ware" "Bowl with design painted in underglaze iron oxide, Karatsu ware" "Jar with design of water grasses and flying birds painted in underglaze iron oxide, Karatsu ware"
Suhama-shaped handled bowl with floral design, Oribe type Mino ware Candlestick in the shape of Western figure, Oribe type Mino ware Bowl with iron-painted iris design, Karatsu ware Bowl with design painted in underglaze iron oxide, Karatsu ware Jar with design of water grasses and flying birds painted in underglaze iron oxide, Karatsu ware

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