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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japanese
Title: Storage Jar
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1392
Creation End Date: 1499
Creation Date: Muromachi period (1392-1573), 14th-15th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Shigaraki ware)
Dimensions: H. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm), W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1975.268.428
Credit Line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Although archaeologists have now uncovered over thirty centers of ceramic production in Japan during the Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1392-1573) periods, the term 'six old kilns' is still used sometimes to define the wares of Seto, Tokoname, Shigaraki, Tamba, Bizen, and Echizen. Located in Shiga Prefecture near Nagoya, Shigaraki was noted for its production of thick-walled utilitarian vessels with rich textural surfaces for the consumption of surrounding agrarian communities. Like those of the other early kiln sites, wares produced at Shigaraki were later adopted in the tea ceremony, where they were admired for their power and directness. The beauty of this medieval storage jar lies in its rugged, unsophisticated shape and its dramatic surface coloration. The asymmetry of its silhouette is due to the difficulty of controlling the shape in the coil construction technique used to make such massive jars. It was built up in several stages, as is apparent from the ridges visible at the lower, center, and upper body. Chance kiln effects determined the pattern of the dark rivulets of green ash glaze, the dull gray encrustation of unfused ash on the shoulder, the glistening patches of melted feldspar, and the white flecks of unfused quartz on the pale salmon hue of the body.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1975.268.428
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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