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Storage Jar

Muromachi period (1392–1573)
14th–15th century
Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Tanba ware)
H. 16 7/8 in. (42.9 cm); Diam. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
Not on view
The rugged shape evokes the hand of the potter, while the glaze, which was created during the firing, alludes to this process. This immediacy, which distinguishes the jar from the polished works produced in European factories at the time, is one of the qualities that appealed to studio potters working in the early twentieth century.
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration," October 12, 1991–January 12, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Written Image: Japanese Calligraphy and Paintings from the Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection," October 1, 2002–March 2, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.

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