Sue funerary jar

From Kotani village, Kōzuke Province, Japan
Kofun period, 6th century AD

High-fired pottery with ash glaze

This elaborate ritual tomb jar has an unusually high pierced stand, and models of birds, deer, dogs and a boar attached at the shoulder. It has a particularly well-developed patterning of cord marks and incised bands. It was excavated at Kotani village in Kozuke Province.

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L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


Height: 52.500 cm

Museum number

Asia JA F2228


Collected by William Gowland
Bequeathed by Sir A.W. Franks


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