Flask

citation

Spherical flask with long neck and two small lugs on shoulder. Fine-grained, light gray clay with minute black flecks. Medallion motifs incised and impressed on both sides. Natural deposits of ash glaze on shoulder.

Historical period(s)
Asuka period, ca. 650
Medium
Unglazed stoneware with accumulation of natural ash glaze
Style
Sue ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 25.5 x 16 x 16 cm (10 1/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Nagoya area
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1981.13a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Flask

Keywords
Asuka period (552 - 710), Japan, Sue ware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Takashi Yanagi

Description

Spherical flask with long neck and two small lugs on shoulder. Fine-grained, light gray clay with minute black flecks. Medallion motifs incised and impressed on both sides. Natural deposits of ash glaze on shoulder.

Label

Characteristic of early Sue ware is the way in which several wheel-thrown pieces--two hemispherical bowls and a trumpet-shaped neck--were assembled to construct this piece.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 1, p. 52.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum