Asian Art

Flat Bottle

6th century A.D.

Stoneware with raised decoration and natural ash glaze (Sue ware)

5 3/4 x 5 7/8 in. (14.605 x 15 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2004.50.1
First produced in the mid-fifth century C.E., Sue ware, which is thin and hard, was fired at temperatures ranging from 1,100 to 1,200 degrees Celsius. The production of Sue ware developed in response to the trade of Korean ceramics to Japan and marked the first use of a pottery wheel by Japanese artists. The glaze on the surface of this bottle is accidental and appeared during firing.
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Kofun period (ca. 300–ca. 710 c.e.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired in Japan in 1950s (according to the dealer Erik Thomsen)

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