Five Square Dishes with Crosshatch Designs
Onomae Kihachiro (Japanese, b. 1938)
DimensionsWork : 1 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (2.54 x 15.88 x 15.88 cm)
Credit LineGift of Maurice Kawashima
LabelAfter graduating from Nihon University College of Art, Onomae Kihachiro opened a ceramics studio in Kagoshima Prefecture on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and won several regional awards for his robust stonewares that combine elements of both folk art and fine art. This set of small dishes was made for serving food in a traditional Japanese multi-course meal. Such dishes are often made in sets of five, perhaps to correspond with the five senses or the five flavors of Japanese cuisine (sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory).