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A finely potted stoneware beaker with a rounded bottom and a lightly incised, freely drawn leaf scroll spreading across the widest part of the body, flanked by incised double horizontal lines, all covered evenly with an yellow green glaze. Four spur markes inside.
Annam;Kiln Unknown, Vietnam
Beaker with incised leaf scroll pattern
16th century
Gift of Helmut Stern
There is a single branch that rises from the bottom of the painting and that ends at the top of the painting. There are smaller twigs that jut out from the main branch and that each have vibrant red-orange maple leaves growing from them. There are signatures and seals in the bottom left corner of the painting.
Nishiyama Kan'ei
Maple Leaves
1850 – 1899
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
&quot;On&nbsp;the&nbsp;right&nbsp;side&nbsp;is&nbsp;a&nbsp;drawing&nbsp;of&nbsp;a&nbsp;straw&nbsp;broom&nbsp;accompanied&nbsp;by&nbsp;a&nbsp;single&nbsp;line&nbsp;of&nbsp;verse that reads,<br />
Ippatsu ichiboku&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;One&nbsp;stroke, one&nbsp;line&nbsp;<br />
Soha&nbsp;zokujin&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Sweeps&nbsp;away worldly&nbsp;dust.<br />
In&nbsp;a&nbsp;Zen&nbsp;fashion&nbsp;the&nbsp;poem&nbsp;suggests&nbsp;that&nbsp;one&nbsp;line&nbsp;of&nbsp;ink&nbsp;will clear&nbsp;away&nbsp;the&nbsp;confusion&nbsp;of&nbsp;everyday&nbsp;life. The&nbsp;sweeping action&nbsp;is&nbsp;materialized&nbsp;by&nbsp;the&nbsp;sketch&nbsp;of&nbsp;the&nbsp;broom.<br />
The&nbsp;next&nbsp;poem&nbsp;plays&nbsp;upon&nbsp;the&nbsp;sweeping&nbsp;action mentioned&nbsp;above,<br />
Yukuharu&nbsp;no &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Departing&nbsp;Spring&#39;s<br />
Shiripeta&nbsp;harau&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Buttocks&nbsp;are&nbsp;brushed
Yosa Buson (Japanese (culture or style))
Broom, Poems, and Poets
18th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This portrait of the poet Matsuo Bashō is constructed with seemingly effortless caligraphic lines, and surrounded by lines from one of the poet's works. The figure sits looking out at the viewer, beside his hat and a square container with a handle. The artist's seal is placed to the left of the figure, visually recalling the objects beside the poet on his other side. 
Yokoi Kinkoku (Japanese (culture or style))
Portrait of the Poet 'Basho'
1767 – 1832
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
"This bowl on a high flaring foot probably was made in Kashan during the early years of the 13th century. Aside from a few touches of blue at the rim, the decoration consists of an undulating arabesque scroll which has been incised into the wall of the vessel just below the rim. The contours of the leaf forms were further defined by punching small holes in the vessel's walls which were subsequently filled by the transparent glaze. The connection of this group to Kashan is suggested by a bowl now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in which the interior of the vessel has blue and black underglaze painting in a style well known from other Kashan wares." -PPS
Iranian (Iranian)
Footed Bowl with openwork floral scroll design
1167 – 1232
Museum Purchase