1) Hexagonal vase with persimmon glaze and; 2) Bottle vase with nuka glaze by Shoji Hamada

These pieces represent the work of Japan’s best-known post-war potter.


1) stoneware with wooden box; 2) stoneware
1) height 20 cm; 2) height 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
Oxford Ceramics Gallery

Shoji Hamada’s work has not previously been represented in the Oriental Museum’s collection, and these pieces will form a key ‘bridge’ between its existing historic collections and new collections of contemporary work. This acquisition was presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


i) Bonhams; private collection. ii) Private collection; Oxford Ceramics Gallery, 2011.

Venue details

Oriental Museum Durham University, Elvet Hill, DURHAM County Durham DH1 3TH 0191 334 5694 www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £1.50)

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