Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Storage Jar

Heian period (794–1185)
12th century
Stoneware with ash glaze (Tokoname ware)
H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); Diam. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mary Griggs Burke, 1977
Accession Number:
Not on view
This piece was excavated from a kiln site in Aichi Prefecture, near present-day Nagoya. Split at the time of firing, it was never used; yet it is a fine example of the simple beauty of the random effects produced by early technology.
Mary Griggs Burke , New York (until 1977; donated to MMA)
Syracuse. Everson Museum of Art. "Fragile Blossoms, Enduring Earth: The Japanese Influence on American Ceramics," May 17, 1989–August 29, 1989.

New York. American Craft Museum. "Fragile Blossoms, Enduring Earth: The Japanese Influence on American Ceramics," January 17, 1990–April 1, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art, Part II," May 1, 1996–September 8, 1996.

Related Objects

Large Storage Jar (Ōtsubo)

Artist: Date: 16th century
Accession Number: 2015.300.275
Date: 16th century Medium: Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Tokoname ware) Accession: 2015.300.275 On view in:Not on view

Anthropomorphic Bottle in Human Form

Artist: Date: 11th century
Accession Number: 1989.354
Date: 11th century Medium: Stoneware Accession: 1989.354 On view in:Gallery 248

Covered Lime Pot in the Form of a Rabbit

Artist: Date: second half of the 12th century
Accession Number: 1986.506.3a, b
Date: second half of the 12th century Medium: Stoneware Accession: 1986.506.3a, b On view in:Gallery 248

Jar with Peony Scroll

Artist: Date: 11th–12th century
Accession Number: 13.195.2
Date: 11th–12th century Medium: Stoneware with carved decoration under celadon glaze (Yaozhou ware) Accession: 13.195.2 On view in:Gallery 204

Maebyeong decorated with cranes and clouds

Artist: Date: late 13th century
Accession Number: 27.119.11
Date: late 13th century Medium: Stoneware with inlaid design under celadon glaze Accession: 27.119.11 On view in:Not on view