Keywords: Seto ware

141 objects

Seto ware vase with two lugs

Buff clay. Incised horizontal linear designs; three broad vertical facets on lower body; two ornamental lugs. Amber-toned translucent iron glaze; splashes of rice-straw (unofu) glaze on neck and shoulder, creating areas of yellow-brown edged with blue. Glaze wiped off base.


Seto ware vase with large geometric handles

Buff clay. String-cut base. Two handles. Opaque white glaze on upper body and handles, applied in two layers, crackled; thin iron glaze on lower body, partially wiped off lower wall and base. Drips of cobalt blue and iron brown glaze on front, over vertical indentation; accents of iron glaze on handle bosses.


Seto ware water jar with design of reeds and water

Buff clay. Iron-bearing slip coating upper surface of rim and used to paint three sprays of bamboo on body under glaze. Cream-colored feldspathic glaze, coarsely crackled, finger wiped and brushed decoratively. Foot rim and base unglazed. Seven spur marks (from clay wads) in bottom; six spur marks on base inside foot rim. Inscription, “uebito” (courtier) …


Tea caddy, nejinuki type

Tea caddy (chaire). Ivory cover. Clay: hard, grayish. String-cut base. Glaze: lustrous black, lightly splashed with greenish-yellow. Interior unglazed. Weight: 167.52 grams.


Seto ware tea ceremony water jar (hitoeguchi mizusashi)

Medium gray clay. Flat base trimmed concentrically, edge beveled. Single hoizontal groove incised around midpoint of body, partially hidden by glaze. Iron glaze stopping above foot on outside, just below rim on inside; color ranging from mahogany brown to opaque rust brown where thick, with iridescent surface; splashed with large patches of ash glaze that …


Ofuke or Seto ware sake bottle

Light gray clay. Incised and stamped motifs accented with underglaze cobalt. Oval potter’s seal “Shuntai” impressed on base to left of center. Clear glaze, gray-green in tone, crackled and stained brown by sake. Foot unglazed.


Seto ware Sobokai type tea-leaf storage jar with four lugs

Fine-grained, medium gray clay, darkened on surface by use. Concentrically trimmed base, slightly concave. Four lugs on shoulder. Inscription, “Sobokai,” incised on base. Iron glaze applied by ladle to inverted jar, creating swagged contour; ash glaze appled in thin band only to shoulder, running in irregular trails onto body and breaking, in places on shoulder, …


Vessel with frog at rim, Seto ware

Light gray clay, darkened on surface by use. Potter’s mark “Shun’u,” without frame, impressed on base to right. Clear ash glaze under copper-green (rusu) glaze streaked with bluish white, forming thick welt just above base. Clear glaze on inside. Relief figure of tiny frog climbing over rim. With ivory lid.


Mino ware tea bowl

Buff clay, reddish brown on part of surface on one side. String-cutting mark visible on trimmed foot rim. Yellow ash glaze, appearing olive-green where thick, stained brown in crackles, ending in beads. Inside of foot rim unglazed. On inside wall, single brown streak of iron; in bottom, pool of dark green glaze with opaque bluish …


Incense burner

Incense-burner; high basal ring, notched. Silver cover. Clay: hard, grayish-white. Reddish where exposed. Glaze: greenish-gray, splashed with two tones of blue (underglaze cobalt).