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Storage Jar

Storage Jar

late 1100s

Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Tokoname ware)

Diameter: 38.2 cm (15 1/16 in.); Overall: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.495

Description

Tokoname, located on Ise Bay in present-day Aichi prefecture on Japan’s main island, Honshu, was the largest center of ceramic production in medieval Japan. It had been an active center of ceramic production since the Heian period (794–1185). Wide-mouthed jars like this one are called kame, and were favored for use in tea practice.

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