Japan, Nara Period (710-794) / Jug with Oblong Body: Sueki Ware / 8th centuryJapan, Nara Period (710-794)
Jug with Oblong Body: Sueki Ware
8th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japan, Nara Period (710-794)
Title: Jug with Oblong Body: Sueki Ware
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 800
Creation Date: 8th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: stoneware, with impressed decoration and natural ash glaze
Dimensions: Overall: 31cm x 29.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.121
Credit Line: Gift of Klaus F. Naumann in honored memory of Robert P. Bergman
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Style or Period: Japan, Nara Period (710-794)

The unusual shape of this sturdy vessel derives from two deep bowl forms being joined together at their mouths. An opening was then cut out where the separately formed neck and mouth were attached. This vessel shape came to early Japan from Korea, as did the paddled surface decoration technique.The jug's rich surface tonalities were created by wood ash in the kiln chamber that settled on the vessel during firing. The mottled gray areas indicate where large accumulations of ash adhered to the hot body. The darker, green skin that appears shiny or reflective represents generous ash accumulations that vitrified, becoming a natural green glaze. In one area this accumulation is so rich that it formed rivulets of glassy green glaze, propelled across the black matte surface by the fiery winds coursing within the kiln.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.121
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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