"Early Imari Ware and Korean Ceramics" Exhibition

Toguri Museum of Art

poster for "Early Imari Ware and Korean Ceramics" Exhibition

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Production of Japan's first porcelain, Imari ware, began in the 1610s in the Arita region of Saga prefecture using techniques introduced from the Korean peninsula. The term "early Imari" is used to describe examples of Imari ware from the incipient and early periods, as well as those produced in a style indicative of this early phase. Although in technical terms early Imari ware never attained the level of perfection, being made from clay with a high iron content and exhibiting defects including warped and irregular shapes, natural chips, glaze skip, and kiln dust, it typically has an unsophisticated charm characterized by restrained glaze tones, soft textures, and free-flowing brush strokes in its designs.

While the period from the 1610s when Imari ware was first produced to the 1640s when polychrome iro-e ware emerged corresponds to the "early" period of the history of Imari ware, there are items produced after this that also exhibit the above characteristics.

With this exhibition, we have endeavored to carry out a fresh inquiry into early Imari ware by considering it from the perspective of such categories as "concept," "kiln of origin," "pattern," "technique," and "use."

As well, a concurrent exhibition surveys the history of ceramics on the Korean peninsula, which constituted the roots of Imari ware.

(Number of works on display: Early Imari ware: Approx. 70 items; Korean ceramics: Approx. 30 items)



From 2010-04-04 To 2010-06-27



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