Autumn Flowerbaskets
Important Cultural Property

OGATA Kenzan (1663-1743)
Japan, 18th century
H.112.5 cm, W.49.2 cm

Ogata Kenzan learned pottery from the great Kyoto ceramic artist Nonomura Ninsei, and opened his own kiln in 1699. With help from his elder brother Ogata Korin (1658-1716), Kenzan fused the worlds of pottery and painting, creating brilliant food vessels that gained wide praise. As he neared seventy years old, Kenzan left his ceramics studio to his adopted son, and began painting purely graphic works in earnest. This work, Autumn Flowerbaskets, is among Kenzan's most representative paintings. Three baskets filled with a jumble of dewy autumn grasses and flowers are depicted. Augmented by a waka poem reading, "A thousand flower varieties disperse their collective charms of scent and color through the field's dew," this painting illustrates the lovely, yet vaguely somber feel of an autumn field.

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Circle (Enso)
Jar with Decoration of Peonies and Blue Magpies
Tea Leaf Jar with Design of Mt. Yoshino
Jar with Decoration of Fish and Aquatic Plants
Ewer with Brown and White Glaze
Dish of Nabeshima Style with Landscape Decoration
Tea Caddy of Bunrin Type, Known as "Hakata Bunrin"
Autumn Flowerbaskets
Letter to Master Shutong
Segment of a Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
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Hotei, God of Fortune, Watching at Cock Fighting
Two Scenes from The Tale of Genji
The Zen Patriarchs Fengkan, Hanshan and Shide
Ceremonial Wall Hanging with "Tree of Life" Motif
Tea Bowl, Amamori Type
Circular Box with Decoration of Flower and Birds
Chest with Floral Decoration under Oxhorn