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Large Jar

Large Jar

1400s

Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Shigaraki ware)

Overall: 43.8 x 38.1 cm (17 1/4 x 15 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.191

Description

The orange color of this jar comes from iron in the clay. Natural ash glaze settled on the vessel during firing. Originally intended for grain storage, rustic containers like this one were also prized by tea enthusiasts, who appreciated the uncalculated beauty of the glaze and the asymmetry of these humble objects. They used them to store tea leaves.

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