Shimizu Bizan, black and gold bowl with bamboo design

explanation of the work

The creator drew a bamboo design on a pure white body with only black and gold, and created a calm atmosphere, and even the sound of a quick breeze seems to be heard. This is also the skill of Shimizu Bizan, who was a master of gold handling, and it is wonderful to use properly techniques such as gold blurring and “mori-kin” (mounted gold) on the inside and outside of the bowl.

size: width about 11.4 cm, height about 10.2 cm

The black outline that can be seen under the gold base expresses the stretched bamboo. Bamboo which was drawn by using the blurring technique might become the subject of the Japanese-style painting, so it looks like a sumi-e bamboo.


On the other hand, the gold bamboo that is painted by the technique of mori-kin is drawn on the inside, which contrasts nicely with the bamboo on the outside, both have a remarkable beauty.


This small bowl has an unusual shape with a handle, which extends arched from both sides of a slightly oval bowl and has a fine pattern on the handle.

Although it is a thick body, the foot is made slightly smaller and thinner. Since there are other small bowls with handles, it is possible that they were exported to the Westerns as accessory cases for earrings and tie clips, or confectionery box for candy.

The back name is written small as “kutani / Bizan”. There are also “Shimizu Bizan-do” and others.

creator of the work

For the creators of the works, see “Shimizu Bizan, his works and history“.


reference No. 2002101
date of exhibition April 17, 2020
price J-yen 14500
remarks wooden box