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Set of Square Dishes

This group of six dishes, part of a larger group of ten or twelve, is attributed to the great Edo potter, calligrapher, and tea master Ogata Kenzan. Born into a wealthy family of cloth merchants from Kyoto, Ogata was well versed in the gentlemanly arts of calligraphy and poetry. His ceramic wares, often signed and widely copied, employ both colorful designs drawn from the world of poetry and nature and calligraphic brushwork. These dishes were likely made for use in the tea ceremony.

Ogata Kenzan
Japanese, 1663–1743
Set of Square Dishes
18th century
Stoneware with hand painting
4 ¾ x 5 ¾ x 1 in. (12.1 x 14.6 x 2.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 67.36–.41