water-vessel / cooking-vessel
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.
- 19thC(early) (lacquer)
- 5000BC (ca.; vessel)
- Made in: Japan
- Height: 15 centimetres (without lid)
- Diameter: 17 centimetres
- Height: 5 centimetres (lid)
- Diameter: 16.8 centimetres (lid)
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.
2006 Oct 13 - 2014 March, 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 23 Apr - 2 Aug, A History of the world, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
2014 Dec - 2015 Mar, A History of the world, Taiwan PROMISED
2015 April - 2016 Jan, A History of the world, Japan PROMISED
No information is available on when the object entered the Museum's collections.
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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Object reference number: JCR2961
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