Footed Bowl with Crabs


Footed Bowl with Crabs

ceramics / Meiji

By Miyagawa Kōzan I (1842–1916)

Meiji era, 1881


高37.0 口径19.6*39.7 底径17.1


Important Cultural Property

At first glance, there seems to be two real crabs, one climbing atop the other, clinging to this bowl. Their shapes were molded out of clay and fired, with a glaze containing large amounts of crystalline substances then applied, and the crabs fired again to create an approximate color. More detailed colors were then painted on top using a variety of pigments, with the crabs fired a final time to create the finished product. In contrast, the bowl itself is significantly warped, with the glaze applied in a slapdash fashion. This serves to accentuate the realism of the crabs. Miyagawa Kozan was born in Kyoto and he moved to Yokohama during the Meiji era. He produced many objects for European and American markets. As with this bowl, many of these exported ceramics feature realistic motifs. Japanese craft works like this were exported in volume and became very popular overseas at the start of the Meiji era, in the second half of the 19th century.

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