Jar with burnished red slip

Historical period(s)
Yayoi period, 1st century
Earthenware clay with burnished red slip
Yayoi ware, Sugu type
H x W x D: 32.4 x 21.7 x 21.7 cm (12 3/4 x 8 9/16 x 8 9/16 in)
Japan, Fukuoka prefecture, Fukuoka city, Jonoharu site
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Japan, red slip, WWII-era provenance, Yayoi period (400 B.C.E - 250 CE), Yayoi ware, Sugu type
Provenance research underway.

This elegant jar with its understated decoration, including vertical stripes polished into the red coating, is typical of jars thought to have been made for ritual rather than practical purposes.  Most jars of the type are excavated from burial sites and seem to have been used in the burial rites.  They are found only in northern Kyushu and western Honshu.  This jar came from the Jonoharu site within the modern city of Fukuoka.

Published References
  • Hayashiya Seizo. A Selection of One Hundred Ceramic Jars. Tokyo. pl. 2.
  • Fujioka Ryoichi. Chisel, Wheel, and Brush over Twelve Centuries: Masterpieces of Japanese Art Over Twelve Centuries. Exh. cat. London, October 1981. cat. 15.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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