Square Dish

Title

Square Dish

Creator

Rakusai TAKAHASHI III
Japanese, 1898–1976

Date

1967

Description

The town of Shigaraki, known for its clay, is situated in the southern part of Shiga Prefecture and has one of the six oldest kilns in Japan. The name Shigaraki derives from shigeru ki, meaning “well-wooded,” which refers to the densely-wooded mountains that dominate the area. Shigaraki ware is said to have begun when tiles were made in 742 for the construction of Shigaraki-no-miya Palace, built by Emperor Shomu.

Takahashi, one of the artists who revived traditional Japanese pottery during the post-war years, was a master of the Shigaraki style. He was internationally acclaimed after his work was praised at the 1958 Brussels Exposition, the first major World’s Fair after World War II.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Identifier

86.337

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Shigaraki stoneware; 2-1/2 x 9-7/8 x 9-3/4 in. (6.4 x 25.1 x 24.8 cm)