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Collection Online as of July 26, 2016

Storage Jar: Shigaraki Ware, 1300s-1400s

stoneware with natural ash glaze and cypress fence pattern, Diameter: 45.70 x 39.00 cm (17 15/16 x 15 5/16 inches); Overall: h. 42.00 cm (16 1/2 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1973.18

This rustic, sturdy grain storage jar was produced in the area known as Shigaraki. Ceramics from this region were prized for their unpretentious, rough character. This large coil-built vessel is slightly asymmetrical. The incised decoration at the neck is paired with the random glaze, naturally occurring from residual ash in the kiln. Vessels with this aesthetic were prized particularly by practitioners of the tea ceremony.

"Folk Traditions in Japanese Art," CMA; Japan House Gallery, New York; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1978-1979.
"One Thousand Years of Japanese Art (650-1650) from The Cleveland Museum of Art," Japan House Gallery, New York, March 25-May 17, 1981.
"The World of Ceramics -- Masterpieces from The Cleveland Museum of Art," CMA, June 30-Sept. 5, 1982.
"Koshigaraki-The Shigaraki Jar in the Middle Ages" Miho Museum, Shiga, Japan 9/1/99 - 12/15/99

The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009); "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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