cup with three lobes; beige in color with underglaze design of diving birds in darker color; darker glaze around lip; incised line below lobes where cup rounds out to bottom

Ash container with three birds, late 16th century

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A container like this one, called a hi’ire (literally, “fire container”), would have held hot ashes and been placed in a tobacco tray like the one displayed here. Guests to a tea gathering would use the hot ashes to light their pipes. Typical of wares from the Karatsu kilns, this mukōzuke is decorated with casual, rapidly painted designs in iron oxide brown.

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Ash container with three birds
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2015.79.288
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cup with three lobes; beige in color with underglaze design of diving birds in darker color; darker glaze around lip; incised line below lobes where cup rounds out to bottom