Activity at a Kiln

 
Artist
Creation date
Period
Edo
Materials
ink and color on paper
Dimensions
60 1/8 x 18 13/16 in. (each end panel) 60 1/8 x 17 7/8 in. (each inner panel) 60 1/8 x 107 7/8 in. (overall)
Credit line
Gift in memory of Dorothy Whipple Robinson
Accession number
2000.164
Collection
Not Currently On View

製陶図

The painting depicts various phases of pottery production. Men, women, and children in the roles of laborers, artisans, and overseers work in idyllic harmony. Vignettes like the small girl carrying a child “piggy-back” and a bawling child being scolded for breaking some wares add human touches.

The artist, Minzan, and the locale depicted remain unknown. The painting is invaluable in terms of artistic depiction and as a historical document of ceramic production, and it will be fortunate if the artist and site are someday identified.

Given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2000.
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