Stoneware with painted decoration in underglaze brown iron (Karatsu ware)
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000
Not on view
It was in the Karatsu area of the island of Kyushu that Korean potters first introduced the noborigama, or climbing kiln, to Japan. This type of kiln was more advanced than previous ones, and allowed for better control during firing. This jar, painted with a simple motif reminiscent of the character dai, or great, was made in such a kiln. This austere aesthetic was promoted by followers of the tea ceremony during the Momoyama period. The techniques employed by Korean potters at Karatsu kiln sites were integral to the emergence of porcelain production in Japan in the early seventeenth century.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Art from the Gerry Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 15, 1989–June 29, 1990.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.
Artist:Date: early 17th century Accession Number: 2015.300.266 Date:early 17th centuryMedium:Stoneware with underglaze iron oxide decoration (Hizen ware, Karatsu type)Accession:2015.300.266On view in:Not on view
Artist:Date: late 16th century Accession Number: 2015.300.271 Date:late 16th centuryMedium:Glazed stoneware with design painted in iron oxide (Mino ware, Shino type)Accession:2015.300.271On view in:Not on view