Asian Art

Jar

15th century

Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Shigaraki ware)

21 7/16 in. (54.5 cm)
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, southeast of Kyoto, epitomizes an aesthetic integral to Japanese ceramics. Coil-built in sections, the jar demonstrates the classic Shigaraki character, which is defined by a rough, rust-orange surface combined with a natural olive-green ash glaze that runs from the narrow neck and over the bulging shoulders to the foot. The high iron content of the clay gives the body its reddish tonality, while the abundance of feldspar and quartz creates the gritty white particles on the surface. The simple form and subdued color of Shigaraki wares were cherished by tea masters; today, the jar remains eye-catching for its modest and profound beauty.
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Muromachi period (1336–1573)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Geography: 
Japan
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.

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