Shigaraki ware tea storage jar
Muromachi period, 16th century AD
Shigaraki was one of the ancient centres of pottery producing domestic wares, in the area which now forms Shiga Prefecture. Robust, thick-walled Shigaraki ware has been made since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). It is made with a sandy clay containing felspar which is distinctly visible through the ash glaze. This jar is typical of the ware, with characteristic incised circles around the shoulder.