NoMai -2009 (Noh Dance - 2009) Artist: Kishi Eiko (Japanese, born 1948)


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岸映子 「能舞2009」 彩色象嵌陶彫 平成期

In this powerful ceramic sculpture, diagonals spread out like rays of light on multiple planes. The geometric design alludes to the form and movement of an imaginary Noh performer: an outstretched arm draped in a kimono sleeve; a hand holding a fan upright, folded closed. Kishi Eiko’s mosaic-like color palette consists of blues, greens, oranges, whites, and yellows. A strong turquoise or sky-blue color coats the body on one side, near the base of the projecting closed-fan form. Eiko makes her own material by mixing the colored chamottes, or pulverized pellets, and kneading them directly into Shigaraki clay. She then forms her signature geometric shapes. Her painstaking process includes etching lines onto the surface with a hard needle.


Shigaraki stoneware with colored clay


22 13/16 × 33 7/16 × 3 3/4 in. (58 × 85 × 9.5 cm)

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Purchased with a gift from the B. D. G. Leviton Foundation

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Heisei era (1989–2019)


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Purchased from the artist by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2010
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