“Mountain tea bowl” (waster recovered from abandoned kiln site)

Bowl with flat base, applied footrim, and everted walls.
Gray stoneware, reddish on surface. On interior wall, accumulation of uneven natural ash glaze, pooling at edge of base, with trace of footrim of bowl placed above this one in a stack for firing. On outside wall, thin band of natural ash glaze; rest of wall was protected from glaze by the bowl beneath this one in the stack. Glaze adhering to the footrim, pooled from the wall of the bowl stacked below.

Historical period(s)
Heian or Kamakura period, 12th-13th century
Medium
Stoneware with traces of natural ash glaze
Style
Sanage, Tokoname or Seto ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 5.4 × 15.9 cm (2 1/8 × 6 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Pamela W. Green
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2016.3a-d
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl (yamajawan

Keywords
Japan, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), Sanage ware, Seto ware, stoneware, Tokoname ware
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Bowl with flat base, applied footrim, and everted walls.
Gray stoneware, reddish on surface. On interior wall, accumulation of uneven natural ash glaze, pooling at edge of base, with trace of footrim of bowl placed above this one in a stack for firing. On outside wall, thin band of natural ash glaze; rest of wall was protected from glaze by the bowl beneath this one in the stack. Glaze adhering to the footrim, pooled from the wall of the bowl stacked below.

Inscription(s)

Inscribed, in Japanese: Old Tokoname / Kamakura / yamazara.
Seal on the box lid reads 田義古印.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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