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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 (circa; 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 cat.no.10, pp.55-60 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 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-01 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • 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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