須恵器 ハソウ
Vessel with Straw Hole

Period:
Kofun (ca. 300–710)–Nara (710–794) period
Date:
6th–8th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Stoneware with natural ash glaze and incised decoration (Sue ware)
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam. 5 in. (12.7 cm); Diam. of rim 5 in. (12.7 cm); Diam. of foot 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
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:
1975.268.422
Not on view
Archaeologists currently think that one would have filled a vessel like this from the top with sake and then put a bamboo straw into the hole in the side to drink it. This is one of a number of vessel types imported to Japan from Continental Asia from about the middle of the fifth century. Excavations in Gifu prefecture, in central Japan, yielded this vessel.
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
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