Asian Art

Large Jar

15th century

Shigaraki ware; stoneware with natural olive-green ash glaze

H. 54.5 cm (21 7/16 in.)
Purchased with a gift from Walter Bareiss, B.S. 1940S, and Molly Bareiss; the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund; and the Henry Sage Goodwin, B.A. 1927, Fund
1992.72.1a-b

This large storage jar from the Shigaraki valley, located to the southeast of Kyoto, epitomizes a love for traditional Japanese ceramics. The jar, coil-built in sections, demonstrates the classic Shigaraki character of a rough, rust-orange surface combined with a natural olive-green ash glaze running from the narrow neck over the bulging shoulders to the foot. The high iron content of the clay gives the body its reddish tonality, while an abundance of feldspar and quartz create the gritty white particles on the surface. The simple form and subdued color of Shigaraki wares came to be appreciated by tea masters in the past, and still, today, the unpretentious and profound beauty of a jar such as this grips the viewer's attention.

Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Muromachi period (1336–1573)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Status: 
On view*
Bibliography: 

Sadako Ohki, Twentieth-Century Japanese Ceramics at the Yale University Art Gallery: The Collections of Molly and Water Bareiss, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 2–3, 6, 12, no. 3, fig. 3.

Sadako Ohki, “Japanese Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 40, fig. 8.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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