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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 3000-2500 BCE
  • Geography

    Togariishi site, Nagano prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Unglazed earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 50.2 x 31.7 x 31.7 cm (19 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Jar said to come from Togariishi, Nagano-ken.
    Slightly flaring beaker shape rounding to flat base; a sculptural projection with holes which could fit fingers on plain roll rim. Hand-built, probably coil-made. Lightweight, medium thickness. Extensive repair; the inside shows clearly that the piece was reassembled from many pieces.
    Clay: low-fired, red, soft and coarse; darker and grayer toward top, some blackened areas. Heavily tempered, white fleck inclusions (not mica).
    Glaze: none.
    Decoration: Applied ridges around vessel below rim and continuing either straight down or diagonally with hooked ends, grooved and notched with stick or other tool in various patterns (e.g. herringbone). Entire remaining surface is divided in abstract pattern panels, geometric straight-sided and diagonal forms combined with curved lines and some scrolls. Within the panels defined by parallel lines there is vertical, diagonal or horizontal parallel hatching or a combination. The highly decorative coiling sculptural projection on rim has holes which could make it functional as handle. Plain and well-smoothed inside.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Ceramics: from Past to Present (February 18, 1983 to December 16, 1984)
    Japanese Ceramics from Past to Present (February 18, 1983 to February 16, 1984)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Harold P. Stern Memorial Exhibition (April 18, 1977 to September 13, 1977)
  • Origin

    Togariishi site, Nagano prefecture, Japan
  • Culture

    Jomon culture, ca. 10,500–ca. 300 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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