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Jar

Period:
late Heian period (ca. 900–1185)
Date:
2nd half of the 12th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Earthenware (Suzu ware)
Dimensions:
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of Wen C. Fong, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.211
Not on view
Said to have been found under water at Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, this jar retains traces of mollusk encrustation on the surface, both inside and outside. It was made by coiling and shaped by the paddle-and-anvil method. The firing in an inclined tunnel kiln produced an uneven reduction effect, which can be seen on the surface of the pot.

The production of Suzu ware began only in the mid-twelfth century; an early piece such as this is exceptionally rare.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," August 19, 2000–February 5, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tribute to a Dedicated Collector: Mary Griggs Burke," June 30, 2004–November 29, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.

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