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Tamba ware storage jar

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Hyogo prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware clay with natural wood-ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 28 x 22 x 22 cm (11 x 8 11/16 x 8 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Small storage jar.
    Clay: dense, fine stoneware, medium gray on interior, dark reddish-brown on surface.
    Glaze: on "front" of jar, which faced the kiln's firebox during firing, a broad panel of naturally occurring wood-ash glaze, resulting from fusion of heated clay surface and fly ash from buring fuel; dark olive green, darker still where thick, culminating in single drip running down to foot. To either side of this panel, around shoulder, flecks of glaze where smaller quantities of ash were deposited.
    Decoration: none.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Art (November 7, 1986 to July 19, 1988)
    Shibui, The Calm Beauty of Japan (1961-1964)
  • Origin

    Hyogo prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon Norcross
  • Type

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