Stoneware with iron-painted design and copper-green glaze over brushed white slip (Takeo Karatsu ware)
H. 13 in. (33 cm); Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 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
This robust bottle belongs to a type of stoneware from the Takeo kilns that is defined by the use of white slip over nearly the entire vessel; iron-painted designs; a copper-green glaze that accentuates certain elements (such as the foliage); and the overall application of a transparent glaze. As with Joseon buncheong, the white slip not only makes a pleasing decoration in itself but creates an arresting contrast to the dark clay body. The use of copper-green glaze as a design element was undoubtedly inspired by the popular Oribe-style ceramics produced at the Mino kilns in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.