Sanage ware jar

Historical period(s)
Nara period, 760-780
Stoneware with accidental ash glaze
Sanage ware
H x W x D: 20 x 24 x 24 cm (7 7/8 x 9 7/16 x 9 7/16 in)
Japan, Aichi prefecture
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Japan, Nara period (645 - 794), Sanage ware, stoneware, wood-ash glaze, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The shapes of Chinese Tang-dynasty lead-glazed jars inspired imitations in Japan. This distinctive Tang shape appears in the rare Japanese lead-glazed wares, in Sue ware, and in the intentionally glazed ware that was beginning to be made at kilns in the Sanage district, near modern Nagoya. This unglazed Sanage ware jar bears areas of accidental ash glaze on the upper surfaces, formed by deposits of wood ash during the firing. Originally this jar had a cap-like lid, with knob handle, that fit over the short neck.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 43.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 119, vol. 2: p. 182.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 65, p. 87.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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