Mino ware Shino style dish with design of reeds

Buff clay. Recessed base. Underglaze iron painted decoration of reeds and water. Thin white feldspathic glaze covering overall coating of iron slip. Base partially glazed. Some modern repairs to losses around rim.

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1592-1600
Medium
Stoneware with iron slip and iron pigment under feldspathic glaze
Style
Mino ware, Red Shino type
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.2 x 21.3 x 21.3 cm (7/8 x 8 3/8 x 8 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Kani city, Kukuri village, Ogaya kiln group
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1962.22
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
Japan, Mino ware, Shino type, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), plant, stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1962
N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [1]

From 1962
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

N.V. Hammer, Inc.

Description

Buff clay. Recessed base. Underglaze iron painted decoration of reeds and water. Thin white feldspathic glaze covering overall coating of iron slip. Base partially glazed. Some modern repairs to losses around rim.

Label

On this plain, flat dish,  a uniformly thin application of Shino glaze over a coating of iron-bearing slip produced the variant of Gray Shino known as Red Shino.  On most Red Shino vessels the design was scratched through the slip to the white clay body, as for Gray Shino, and therefore appeared white.  On this unusual piece the graceful reeds are painted in a dense iron pigment, which appear brown against the coral pink ground of thinner iron pigment as seen through the translucent Shino glaze.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 48.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 121, vol. 2: p. 182.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 27, p. 26.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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