This bowl is oddly shaped and kind of awkward to hold I’d imagine. There is a definite pattern meant for the top and a little of the mid section of it and I would believe because of the shape when someone would use it they would carry it like you would hold a child. The title of this piece is Deep Vessel with Handles or in Japanese 把手付深鉢形土器. The title describes what the piece is in the most straightforward way possible it doesn’t have a deep meaning other than the fact of what it is. The intent of the piece isn’t really for someone to come and look at it. The point of it was back then in Japan they needed some place to put liquids and they made these for their own day to day use. During the time when this bowl was made many bowls were being made for different uses for collecting water to food to rituals. This visual means that at this time the Japanese had access to tools, fire and clay and that they more than likely either had some type of influence from another culture or the art detail on the bowl had been passed down. This visual is important so that we can see what little amount of history that we actually have access to and really understand how relatable we all are and how things bled over into our time.


2 thoughts on “OPTICC Japan

  1. Element One: The art presents the advancement of tools and crafts within Japan along with the purpose of this specific object. However the time period was not specified and giving more historical references of the Japanese’s lifestyle and culture would help give a more in depth understanding of the region during the time period.


  2. Element Two: The choice of art was meaningful since it portrayed the advancements in techniques, tools and cultural diversity. The developed and artistic achievements are made clear of the Japanese culture, however including more historical background on the features and purpose of the bowl would provide a better understanding of the impact it had on the lifestyle of the Japanese during the time period.


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