red lacquer vessel with rounded, flat shoulder and narrow, high mouth; shoulder tapers severely towards narrow bottom; rounded, sturdy foot

Sake vessel, 15th century

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The elegant shape of Negoro-ware sake (rice wine) vessels (heishi) are similar to shapes seen in ceramic wine vessels from China that were imported to medieval Japan in abundance. This heishi from the 1400s features a narrow spout, exaggerated shoulders, gracefully narrowing waist, and slightly wider base. Most heishi were produced as pairs for the ritual offering of sake. Years of use have worn away areas of the red lacquer that once covered the entire surface of this vessel to reveal a layer of black lacquer beneath.

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Sake vessel
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Accession Number
2015.79.409
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 786
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red lacquer vessel with rounded, flat shoulder and narrow, high mouth; shoulder tapers severely towards narrow bottom; rounded, sturdy foot