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water-vessel / cooking-vessel

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OA+.20

  • Description

    Cooking pot, later converted into a water jar for the tea ceremony. Made of coiled and hand-moulded low-fired red pottery; decorated on exterior with cord-markings and 'nail marks' in bands near the mouth; interior lacquered in gold, with lacquered wooden lid.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC(early) (lacquer)
    • 5000BC (ca.; vessel)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15 centimetres (without lid)
    • Diameter: 17 centimetres
    • Height: 5 centimetres (lid)
    • Diameter: 16.8 centimetres (lid)
  • Curator's comments

    Undulations clearly visible on the sides of this vessel clearly show the method of manufacture by coiling and hand-moulding. The exterior is decorated overall with the cord-markings and so-called "nail marks" on circumferential bands near the mouth. The interior has been lacquered gold, probably during the Edo period, to render it impervious, and a lacquered wood lid added so that it could be used as a fresh-water container for the Tea Ceremony. (label copy, VH, 1999)Smith et al 1990

    OA+.632, 654, 668 and 775 are from the Japanese collection made by Philipp Franz von Siebold during his stay in Nagasaki (1823-29). The interior of OA+.20, a Middle Jomon piece, has been lacquered, probably in the early nineteenth century by a connoisseur of antiquities.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith et al 1990 1 bibliographic details
    • MacGregor 2010 10 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2012 - 2013, BM Galleries, Room 3
    2014 March - June, AHOW PROMISED

  • Conservation

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  • Acquisition notes

    No information is available on when the object entered the Museum's collections.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    OA+.20

Beaker. Made of coiled and hand-moulded low-fired red pottery; decorated on exterior with cord-markings and 'nail marks' in bands near the mouth; interior lacquered in gold in 19thC, with lacquered wooden lid.

Beaker. Made of coiled and hand-moulded low-fired red pottery; decorated on exterior with cord-markings and 'nail marks' in bands near the mouth; interior lacquered in gold in 19thC, with lacquered wooden lid.

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