large jar with dark brown dripping over glaze and large rocky inclusions; wide shoulder, short neck, rolled lip; gnarled texture

Storage jar, 15th century

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The town of Shigaraki, southeast of Kyoto, was one of Japan’s great pottery-making centers, producing huge numbers of large storage jars and sturdy mortars (vessels used for grinding seeds and spices). Shigaraki clay contains high levels of sand and the mineral feldspar—imperfections that burst, or “bloom,” in the kiln, giving the surface its characteristic roughness. This jar also has an unusually heavy deposit of natural glaze, the result of wood ash settling on the vessel’s shoulder, liquefying in the heat, and then running down the sides in dramatic, uneven drips.

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Storage jar
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Accession Number
2015.79.324
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 660
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large jar with dark brown dripping over glaze and large rocky inclusions; wide shoulder, short neck, rolled lip; gnarled texture