Recumbent bottle (yokobe)


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This yokobe, or barrel-shaped vessel with a neck on its side, was produced to store liquids, primarily sake. It was coil-built in sections and smoothed by being beaten with wood tools. Fired standing on its side in a high-temperature, Korean-style single-chamber tunnel kiln (anagama), it acquired its streaked surface from falling ash.

Recumbent bottle (yokobe), Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Sue ware), Japan

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