Sue ware jar

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 550-600
  • Geography

  • Material

    Stoneware clay with natural ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 52.7 x 46.4 x 46.4 cm (20 3/4 x 18 1/4 x 18 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Jar: round bottom, short, slightly flaring neck with thickened lip, which is roughly chipped in several places. Body shape irregular with full rounded shoulder, a slight constriction past mid-section, then bulging to the rounded bottom. Numerous rough accretions on shoulder, probably from material falling from ceiling of anagama. Three roughly circular marks from kiln supports around 3/4 of the bottom. A fourth support may have been dislodged during kiln placement since a space exists, and the intention must have been to support the vessel all around. A large shard adhering by means of glaze on the body above this space seems to indicate that the piece, unsupported on that side, tipped against another. The kiln supports must have been angled to fit and hollow, at least on top, since the scars include sections of adhering rim, and the impression-marked body, unscarred, has slumped slightly in the enclosed areas. This formerly enclosed surface is a lighter clear gray, having been protected in the kiln.
    Clay: High-fired stoneware, warm gray, coarse and rough in fracture, but smooth on the tool-marked surface where worked on by beating tools which smoothed and tightened. Beater marks of a type different from those on outside show on entire inner surface. A scar similar to the kiln-support marks is on center bottom inside.
    Glaze: Natural ash glaze, transparent, greenish, on upper portions with numerous and long runs onto lower body, most terminating in a bead, one of which extends onto center bottom. Extra glaze seems to have been added (to that caused by the ash) by material dropping from ceiling of kiln. Glaze collected heavily where stopped by rims of kiln supports. Glaze runs down inside the neck and also formed on inside bottom from ash falling through mouth opening.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Storage Jars of Asia (October 29, 2000 to March 10, 2002)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Japanese Art (July 1, 1974 to April 10, 1978)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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