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Shigaraki Ware Mizusashi (Tea Ceremony Fresh Water Jar)

Asian Art

Whereas most potters take care to filter rocks out of their clay, the potters of the Shigaraki region understand that the texture created by rocky bits of quartz and feldspar adds tactile and visual interest to their wares. The artisans add only minimal glaze, letting the surface retain its graininess.

Shigaraki, east of Kyōto, has been a kiln site for centuries, originally making utilitarian pieces such as storage jars and mortars. When the tea ceremony gained popularity in the sixteenth century, Shigaraki ceramicists were quick to adapt to the tea masters’ demands for rustic but engaging vessels, such as this deceptively simple water jar.
MEDIUM Buff stoneware with ash glaze, lacquer lid; Shigaraki ware
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1620
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 6 x 6 1/2 in. (15.2 x 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.196.18a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Shigaraki Ware Mizusashi (Tea Ceremony Fresh Water Jar), ca. 1620. Buff stoneware with ash glaze, lacquer lid; Shigaraki ware, 6 x 6 1/2 in. (15.2 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden, 84.196.18a-b (Photo: , 84.196.18a-b_view01_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 84.196.18a-b_view01_PS9.jpg., 2019
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