Dish with Water Pepper Design
Dish with Water Pepper Design

Dish with Water Pepper Design


Artist
Itō Motohiko (Japanese, b. 1939)
Date
1970s-80s
Medium
Stoneware
Dimensions
Work : 4 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (11.43 x 33.66 x 33.66 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Maurice Kawashima
Object Number
1990.3.4

Label
Water pepper (Persicaria hydropiper) is an annual herb that grows in damp places. It has a spicy, often bitter taste and is sometimes used as a garnish or flavoring in Japanese cuisine. Water pepper also features in a traditional Japanese saying—Tade kuu mushi mo sukizuki—which translates as “Some insects eat water pepper and like it” and means roughly “There is no accounting for taste.”

Object Type
Ceramic