Bowl with Calligraphic Inscription
Kondo Yuzo (Japanese, 1902 – 1985)
MediumGlazed porcelain, underglaze cobalt, enamels
DimensionsWork : 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (11.43 x 19.05 x 19.05 cm)
Credit LineGift of Maurice Kawashima
LabelFollowing World War II, the Japanese government feared that many traditional Japanese arts might be lost in the ongoing process of modernization so it created the designation of “Living National Treasure” to honor selected artists who preserve and advance Japan’s cultural heritage at the highest levels. Kondo Yuzo was awarded that status in 1977 for his mastery of traditional porcelain decoration. This bowl recalls a porcelain style that had been popular in Japan during the 17th century, yet Kondo’s freestyle brushstrokes give the piece a decidedly modern quality. Kondo’s legacy has been continued by his son and grandson, both of whom are highly regarded ceramic artists in Japan today.