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Akio Takamori


Akio Takamori American, b. 1950
Equality, 1989
Stoneware, overgaze decoration
71.1 x 43.2 x 22.9 cm (28 x 17 x 9 inches)
Museum purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 1989.032

  • Akio Takamori uses interweaving limbs and bodies to envelope, embrace, and define the shape of this non-functional vessel. Drawing upon craft influences from both Eastern and Western cultures, Takamori explores human relationships and the intimate connections of body and psyche in Equality. Working directly from full-scale drawings of nude bodies, Takamori cut slabs of rolled clay and paired them back-to-back to create an ‘envelope,’ a figural form that Takamori relates to the puppet shows he saw as a child. Fluid calligraphic lines contour each figure and modify the apparent shape and depth of the vessel.

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