Stoneware with natural ash glaze and incised decoration (Sue ware)
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam. 5 in. (12.7 cm); Diam. of rim 5 in. (12.7 cm); Diam. of foot 3 in. (7.6 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Not on view
Archaeologists currently think that one would have filled a vessel like this from the top with sake and then put a bamboo straw into the hole in the side to drink it. This is one of a number of vessel types imported to Japan from Continental Asia from about the middle of the fifth century. Excavations in Gifu prefecture, in central Japan, yielded this vessel.