"Mountain tea bowl" (waster recovered from abandoned kiln site)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th-13th century
  • Geography

    Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with traces of natural ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 5.4 × 15.9 cm (2 1/8 × 6 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Bowl with flat base, applied footrim, and everted walls.
    Gray stoneware, reddish on surface. On interior wall, accumulation of uneven natural ash glaze, pooling at edge of base, with trace of footrim of bowl placed above this one in a stack for firing. On outside wall, thin band of natural ash glaze; rest of wall was protected from glaze by the bowl beneath this one in the stack. Glaze adhering to the footrim, pooled from the wall of the bowl stacked below.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscribed, in Japanese: Old Tokoname / Kamakura / yamazara.
    Inscribed, in Japanese: Old Tokoname / Kamakura / yamazara.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Origin

    Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Pamela W. Green
  • Type

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