Japan, Nara Period (710-794) / Storage Jar: Sueki ware / 700sJapan, Nara Period (710-794)
Storage Jar: Sueki ware

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japan, Nara Period (710-794)
Title: Storage Jar: Sueki ware
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 799
Creation Date: 700s
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: stoneware with incised and impressed decoration and natural ash glaze
Dimensions: Diameter of mouth: 23.8cm, Overall: 49.2cm x 50cm x 0cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.170
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Style or Period: Japan, Nara Period (710-794)

This robust vessel was formed from clay coils that were beaten inside and out with wooden paddles to compress the body walls and merge the coils. In addition, the exterior surface was paddled and scored with carved wooden tools to decorate the body walls. Finally, the vessel was turned on a potter's wheel to attach the neck with a smoothly finished surface. A high firing (approximately 1000???°), which culminated with a reduced oxygen phase, produced the dark gray surface tone.

Sueki ware ceramics originated in the mid-5th century, when Korean potters and kiln builders established clusters of kilns in the modern Osaka area. Other production centers were established in the outlying provinces by the late 500s, providing for the diffusion of this ceramic ware throughout the country into the 11th century. Sueki wares demonstrate ancient Japan's close cultural ties with the Korean peninsula. Similar vessels have been recovered from sites in the southern regions of the Korean peninsula.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.170
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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