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Long-necked bottle
Nara period (710?794), 8th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Dates/Places: Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Japan
Title: Long-necked bottle
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 799
Creation Date: Nara period (710?794), 8th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware with natural ash glaze and incised decoration (Sue ware)
Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

Sue ware represents a decisive turning point in the history of Japanese ceramics, marking a break with the long tradition of producing earthenware. Largely as a result of innovations introduced by immigrant Korean potters, sueki (sue ware) was technically more advanced than wares of the preceding Jomon and Yayoi cultures. Japanese craftsmen began to use the potter's wheel during this time, as revealed by the even, relatively thin walls of this bottle's neck. Fired at a higher temperature than previously achieved?roughly 1000 to 1200ÂșC, in the range of modern stoneware?Sue wares have hard, bluish gray bodies. They were fired in Korean-style kilns, known as anagama in Japanese, which were single tunnel-like chambers half buried in the ground along the slope of a hill.

The mottled greenish brown glaze that coats most of this vessel's surface represents an early stage of another important development in pottery production. In this case, the glaze was formed when ash from the burning wood accidentally settled on the bottle during firing and fused to its surface in the hot temperature of the kiln. As this effect became desirable and potters learned to control the process, ash glaze was applied intentionally.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1975.268.425
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
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
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AMICA ID: MMA_.1975.268.425
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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