Sometsuke – The Flowering World of Blue and White Ceramics

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

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Sometsuke, or blue and white ware, are ceramics on which underglaze designs are applied in blue, on white background. Together with the charm of the pure blue color, there is also a functional advantage in these ceramics where painting beneath the glaze makes it difficult for the design to come off. Having both top qualities of beauty and utility, sometsuke developed widely in many areas of the world, China, Korea, Japan, the Middle East, and Europe. It was cherished in the Chinese court, used in Japanese cha no yu tea ceremony, as well as by commoners during the Edo period famous for ukiyo-e painting. This show will provide a chance to enjoy the diverse world of sometsuke in various sections featuring different countries, time-periods and communities.

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from January 12, 2019 to March 24, 2019

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