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activity at a kiln

Minzan (Japanese, 1772-1844)


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 The painting is invaluable in terms of artistic depiction and as a historical document of ceramic production, and it will be fortunate if the artist and site are someday identified.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

Object Information

artist
Minzan (Japanese, 1772-1844)
period
Edo
creation date
1859
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)
accession number
2000.164
credit line
Gift in memory of Dorothy Whipple Robinson
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors