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Friday, July 22, 2011

OSAKA

"Playing with ko-sometsuke: Chinese Blue-and-white In Late Ming Dynasty"

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka


By TOMOKO HORI

Sometsuke is a type of blue-and-white porcelain-ware that was produced during the early 17th century at privately owned kilns in Jingdezhen, a town in Jiangxi Province, China. Ko-sometsuke, the prefix "ko" meaning "old," is the Japanese name for sometsuke imported from China to Japan.

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"Porcelain Dish with Fish and Water Plants against an Overall Fishnet Design in Underglaze Blue and Overglaze Enamels" (Ming Dynasty, 17th century) GIFT OF MR. MIKIO HORIO

Though sometsuke was not made using high-quality clay or glazes, the free-spirited decorations and designs made it popular in Japan. They were particularly sought after by tea-ceremony masters to be used as utensils. On show are 23 ko-sometsuke wares; Aug. 2-28.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka; (06) 6223-0055; 1-1-26 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi; near Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line, or a 5-min. walk from Yodoyabashi Station, Midosuji Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon. www.moco.or.jp.

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