Jar for Sutra Burial (Sankinko)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223

Made at Tokoname, one of Japan’s oldest pottery centers, this jar was coil-built and then smoothed on a wheel, a process that inspired its regionally distinctive embellishment of three lightly incised rings. Colors ranging from pale blue to vernal green cloak thick layers of kiln-fused ash glaze. Buried sometime in the late Heian period, this jar protected a bronze cylinder containing precious Buddhist sutras and relics.

Jar for Sutra Burial (Sankinko), Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Tokoname ware), Japan

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