Itō Motohiko is an artist specializing in tableware decorated with powerful, evocative distillations of natural beauty. This contemporary bowl continues the traditions of the Rimpa style. Its shape echoes that of Kōrin’s favored round-fan format, which had a profound influence on the circular ceramic compositions by Kōrin’s younger brother, Ogata Kenzan. The principle of using a selected vignette from nature in a carefully orchestrated space is seen in all their work.
Artist Ito Motohiko, Japanese, born 1939
  • Bowl with Design of Figs and Leaves
Date ca. 1990
Medium Clay, cloth, ink, colors, ash glaze
Dimensions Overall: 5 × 15 1/4 inches (12.7 × 38.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Stanford C. Stoddard
Accession Number 1994.27
Department Asian Art
Not On View
Signed Signed, inside lid of box: Motohiko saku
Inscriptions Inscribed, on bottom: To
Inscribed, on bottom: friend box
Inscribed, outside of box lid: Nunome ichijiku mon hachi
Dr. Frederick Baekeland (New York, New York, USA);
1994-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)