Negoro ware sake bottle
16th-17th century AD
Vermilion and black lacquered ware
Negoro ware is named after its original place of manufacture at the Negoro temple in Japan's Kii Province during the fourteenth century. The objects are carved or turned from wood and then lacquered, first with black and then with vermilion. This sake bottle would have been for the priest's own use. Later such bottles came to be made as altar pieces in Shintō shrines.
Negoro wares are greatly prized for their appearance of antiquity, when with time the black layer becomes visible in patches through the vermilion layer. In modern times their simple yet powerful shapes are greatly admired.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)
Diameter: 17.900 cm (base)
Asia JA 1978.4-21.1
R.S. Jenyns Collection