Square Dish Grape design in underglaze iron brown

Organization control number
Kenzan ware
Era century
Edo period, 18th century
Tokyo National Museum
This work was exhibited at the Vienna World Exposition and later salvaged from the sunken ship Nil. The square dish style was Kenzan’s specialty, as seen in [Dish with Chinese Poet Viewing Seagulls], another of his works in the Tokyo National Museum collection. Kenzan was the younger brother of Ogata Korin, a popular artist of the Edo period, and is known for his superb forms. The discolored surface of the dish retains rough signs from the accident at sea.