"Auspicious Patterns - Vessels for Special Occasions" Exhibition
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Pine trees, bamboo and plum blossoms; peaches symbolizing longevity; collections of figures symbolizing such things as health, comfort, sweetness and luxury. These are just some of the auspicious patterns (kissho monyo) often seen in Japan. Japanese ceramic pieces typically feature a variety of such kissho monyo designed to bring its users, among other things, prosperity, wealth and honor.
This exhibition centers on Imari ware from the 17th and 18th centuries, and includes examples ranging from kissho monyo expressly designed with special occasions in mind, to kissho monyo that have been incorporated into designs on tableware for everyday use.
[Image: Bowl, decorated with dragon and phoenix design in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gold. Imari ware. Edo period. Late 17th-early 18th century]
From 2009-01-06 To 2009-03-29