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Creator Nationality: Japan, Muromachi period (1392-1573)
Creator Name-CRT: Japan, Muromachi period (1392-1573)
Title: Storage Jar: Tamba Ware
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1499
Creation Date: 1400s
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: stoneware with natural ash glaze
Dimensions: Diameter: 39cm, Overall: 45cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.66
Credit Line: The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
Style or Period: Japan, Muromachi period (1392-1573)
Context: This vessel served as a storage container for rice or other grains in medieval farming communities. The piece was made by potters in Tamba, a fertile region west of Kyoto which used such vessels to send its agricultural products to towns throughout western Japan. Tamba ware is recognized by its warm green glaze, created as accumulations of natural wood ash settle on the clay body and liquefy when the kiln temperature is sufficiently high.The jar's contours reveal that it was built in four stages from many clay coils pressed together by hand. The smooth neck and mouth were wheel-turned. The vertical, incised lines visible on the reddish-brown body indicate where a comb-like tool scraped excess clay from the body wall; this technique helped conserve clay material and wood used in the firing. The scraping also exposes the grittiness of local Tamba clay, which in the 15th century did not undergo an extensive refining process.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.66
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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