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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1955-1965
  • Geography

    Imbe, Okayama prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with natural ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 24.9 x 23.9 cm (9 13/16 x 9 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Fujiwara Kei 藤原啓 (1899-1983)
  • Description

    Wheel-thrown jar with broad, flat base, rounded walls, conical inverted neck, flat, thick, everted rim. Body possibly stretched at end of forming process by throwing from inside only, without compressing outside surface: this created the open texture of the upper body.
    Bizen stoneware clay, dense, dark brown, containing numerous small stones. Exposed surface of clay on lower vessel wall burned to glossy reddish-purple sheen. S-shaped drying crack in base.
    No applied glaze. Dusting of wood ash deposited during firing on upper edge of rim and upper surface of body, appearing ochre-brown.
    No decoration.
    Artist's mark incised on base.
  • Marks

    Artist's mark incised on base.
  • Inscriptions

    The jar is contained in a paulownia wood box inscribed and signed by the artist. The inscription on the top of the lid reads: (upper right) Bizen no tsubo [Bizen jar]; (lower left) Kei [square red seal: Kei].
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics 1930 - 2000 (July 23, 2011 - June 30, 2013)
  • Origin

    Imbe, Okayama prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Sanae and Douglas Reeves
  • Type

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