late 1500s–early 1600s
Stoneware with underglaze iron oxide slip and incised designs (Mino ware, Shino type)
Overall: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1966.24
Mino ware is stoneware produced in the Mino area of present-day Gifu prefecture in central Japan. Mino ware with a gray color like this piece is called nezumi-shino, or “mouse-gray” Shino, after its glazing technique. The gray color and white design of grasses was achieved by applying an iron-oxide slip to the surface, and then carving through to the white clay before covering the whole surface in glaze and firing. In its design, the serving dish emulates Chinese ceramic prototypes, but its shape recalls wooden and lacquered trays commonly used in Japan at the time of its production.
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