Keywords: Seto ware

156 objects

Cup, used for lip rouge

Light gray clay. Uneven horizontal stripe of underglaze blue-gray cobalt. Clear glaze, greenish where thick. Inside stained pink by lip rouge (kuchibeni). Inside of foot glazed. Chip in rim under glaze; gold lacquer repairs to chips in rim.


Tea bowl in Oribe style

Buff clay, stained beneath glaze. On outside, underglaze iron painted decoration (which appears gray) of plovers in a “fishnet” lattice. Clear glaze, slightly underfired, crackled, partially wiped off base; narrow panel of copper-green ash glaze on outside, overlapping rim.


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.


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.


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.


Tea ceremony water jar, hitoeguchi type

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.


Tea-leaf storage jar with four lugs and “Sobokai” mark

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, …


Container with frog at rim

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.