Height: 19.000 cm
Asia JA 1992.5-25.89
Seto ware mizusashi (water jar)
Probably from ōfuke,
Edo period, 17th century AD
This fresh water container has spiralling fronds painted under the white glaze much in the Ezetō ('Illustrated Seto') style. Such wares were made in the Mino kilns working in the Seto tradition, and also at nearby ōfuke (near modern Nagoya) where this piece was probably made.
Among the major kiln groups established by the Kamakura period (1185-1333), only those at Seto developed the deliberately applied glaze instead of the old natural ash glaze. Early pieces imitated wares from the Chinese Song dynasty (AD 960-1279). The rich Seto glaze was perfected during the fifteenth century, and later adopted by potters of Mino Province (modern Gifu Prefecture).