N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
N.V. Hammer, Inc.
Gray clay, reddish brown on surface (Sobokai clay). Concentrically trimmed base. Four broad lugs equally spaced on shoulder. Inscription incised on base, "Sobokai [tsukuru?]" ([made at?] Sobokai). Thin iron slip over neck, shoulder, and most of body; thin, naturally occuring ash glaze deposit on shoulder and inside neck. Inside unglazed. Paulownia wood lid, inscribed in ink "Ubagafutokoro."
Inscription incised on base, "Sobokai [tsukuru?]" ([made at?] Sobokai).
Even in jars and bowls modeled after Chinese monochrome ceramics, the work of sixteenth-century Seto and Mino potters reflects the emergence of a Japanese preference for asymmetrical forms and lustrous, richly colored glazes. The name Sobokai is written on the base of this jar. Iron-rich Sobokai clay, very dark when fired, was preferred for making jars to store tea leaves and tea caddies for the tea powder. A coating of iron-bearing clay solution, called slip, enhances the clay's color.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 17, p. 21.
- Dr. Sherman Lee. Tea Taste in Japanese Art. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 31.
- Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 46.
- Zaigai Nihon no Shiho (Japanese Art : Selections from Western Collections). 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. pl. 17.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
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