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Lidded ritual sake bottle. Negoro type. Made of wood, lacquered first with black and then with vermilion.
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Diameter: 17.90 centimetres (base)
Diameter: 24.50 centimetres (max)
Height: 33 centimetres (with lid)
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Ritual sake bottle
Lacquered wood, 16-17th century
Named after its place of original manufacture at Negoro Temple in Kii Province, Negoro ware is lacquered vermilion over an initial layer of black. A range of vessels and small pieces of furniture was produced, at first for the use of the temple monks, but later as ritual ware in Shinto shrines. (label copy, VH, 1999)
Smith et al 1990
Named after its first place of manufacture at the Negoro temple in Kii Province, Negoro ware is robustly carved or turned from wood and lacquered first with black and then with vermilion. Bottles like this were originally for the priest's own sake but came to be used widely as altar pieces in Shinto shrines.
Negoro is highly regarded because of its appearance of antiquity when the vermilion wears through in places to reveal the black base. This century it has also come to be admired for its simple, unassuming shapes.
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- Exhibition history
2006 Oct 13-2007 Jul 15, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2007 19 Jul-21 Oct, BM G33, 'Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan'
2012 Sep – 2013 Apr, BM G91, ‘Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia'
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