Haji ware standing bowl (tazza)
Late Kofun period, 5th-6th century AD
Haji ware is a red pottery fired at temperatures below 1000° C in surface fires rather than kilns. The pots were made mainly for domestic use. However, most known pieces have survived as tomb goods and so possibly were used in some sort of funeral ceremony which may have involved eating and drinking. This impressive tall stemmed bowl was found in a tomb near Yasui in Izumo Province.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)
Diameter: 20.000 cm
Asia JA F2203
Bequeathed by Sir A.W. Franks