Bowl with Numinous Fungi and Kirin

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In 1893, Seifū Yohei III became the first ceramicist to be appointed as an Imperial Household Artist under a system introduced by the Japanese government in 1890.


Chinese mythical animals such as dragons and qilin, deerlike creatures called kirin in Japanese, as well as motifs with magical symbolism—including clouds and fungi—were common on porcelain objects made at Jingdezhen in China during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and then exported across the world. Seifū Yohei III copied the patterns he saw on imported works to create this kind of bowl. In its strong color and bold contrast, it diverges from the subtle style for which Yohei III was most admired.
Bowl with Numinous Fungi and Kirin

Bowl with Numinous Fungi and Kirin


Seifū Yohei III

(Japanese, 1851–1914)
Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912)

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