Japan, Muromachi Period (1392-1573)
black laquered wood with grape designs painted in red lacquer, Diameter: 24 cm (9 7/16 in.); Overall: 30.5 cm (12 in.). Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Mitsuru Tajima 1991.47.2
The grape design painted on these wine flasks reflects the popularity of grapes and wine during the Muromachi period; Japanese Zen clerics enjoyed grapes during this period, and Ichu Tsuzo (1349- 1429) and Saiin Shunsho (1358-1422) wrote poems about their appreciation for other artistsâ€™ grape ink paintings. On these wine flasks, the vividly brushed leaves and bunches of grapes suggest that the artisan referred to a particular grape painting.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991: Notable Acquisitions.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991: The Triumph of Japanese Style: 16th-Century Art in Japan.
Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry" cat. no. 74b.
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