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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Sunday, November 08, 2015

all the wiggly kittens

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923. www.metmuseum.org. OASC 
What are there, four of these little monsters?  They're perfect, tubby and squirmy, and their momcat clearly can't decide if she's proud or about to go crazy.  This piece of Banko ceramic ware dates from late 19th-c Japan.  Banko ware was developed in the 18th century and still thrives today in Yokkaichi (Mie Prefecture).  It was developed as a source of tea services.  It also lent itself well to other useful table goods and to decorative items, of which the family above is a winsome example.  The Banko Pottery Center is still in thriving business, as you'll see here.

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