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Storage Jar

1400s

Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Echizen ware)

Diameter: 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.); Overall: 57.5 cm (22 5/8 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.493

Description

Located in present-day Fukui prefecture northeast of Kyoto, the Echizen kilns produced ceramics with purplish-red skin flecked with white feldspar characteristic of the local clay used in this piece. Around 1700, the warm hue of Echizen wares gained popularity in tea practice, particularly when the vessels exhibited the rugged surface evident here in combination with the dynamic glossy glaze drips.

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