white gourd-shaped flask with grapevine design painted in underglaze iron oxide

Gourd-shaped flask with grapevines, early 17th century

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Ceramics of the so-called Shino-Oribe style were among the varieties of glazed stoneware produced in the 1600s at kilns in Mino (modern-day Gifu Prefecture). They are characterized by pictorial motifs rendered in an iron-based pigment under a transparent glaze containing feldspar and silica. This flask, featuring a design of grapevines, takes the shape of a calabash gourd— when dried, it can be used as a bottle for holding medicines or liquids, especially sake, the alcoholic beverage made from rice.

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Gourd-shaped flask with grapevines
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Accession Number
2015.79.310
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 642
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white gourd-shaped flask with grapevine design painted in underglaze iron oxide