Roku Koyō — Six Old Kilns, Ceramics of Japan

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

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Medieval ceramics are simple and primitive, but also filled with dynamic and powerful qualities. Ceramics fired at the kilns of Seto, Tokoname, Echizen, Shigaraki, Tamba and Bizen, from the medieval to the present day, are called Roku Koyō. Literally meaning “six old kilns,” they have been popular ceramics among the Japanese. They were fired as essential daily items, but also came to attract the attention of the people as tea ceramics. Although receiving influence of foreign culture such as of the karamono (Chinese things), these ceramics have developed original styles of expression reflecting the traits of the regions. In this exhibition, together with karamono items of bronze ware and Chinese ceramics, we will show the appeal of Japanese medieval ceramics.


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from April 06, 2019 to June 09, 2019



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