Storage Jar

Period: Muromachi period (1392–1573)

Date: 14th–15th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Shigaraki ware)

Dimensions: H. 18 3/8 in. (46.7 cm); Diam. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 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: 1975.268.428


This medieval storage jar, with its rugged surface and massive shape, was built up in several stages with coils of clay. Its compelling appearance reflects the drama of its creation in a large tunnel kiln, where hardwood ash settled onto its molten surface.