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Sue ware jar


Height: 33.000 cm

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

Asia JA F2227

    Sue ware jar

    From Japan
    Kofun period, 6th century AD

    High-fired pottery with ash glaze

    This is an example of a traditional Sue ware tomb jar, with a pierced base like a ceremonial stand and 'bobbles' like small bowls attached to the neck. In addition, models of animals and a boat with four oarsman and a helmsman have been fused to the sides. (It is interesting to note that actual boats of this type from the Middle Jōmon period have been excavated).

    The form of the rim suggests that the jar originally had a lid. The body is also decorated with some scratched comb marks and there are accidental ash glaze effects. By the thirteenth century, unglazed and naturally ash-glazed stonewares became the established mainstay of the Japanese ceramic industry in places such as Bizen Province.

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


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