Cracked Jar

  • Tokoname kiln, Aichi pref.
  • Heian period
  • 12c
  • Tokoname ware, natural ash glaze
  • H-29 D-37 W-35
Catalogue Entry

This jar reveals the characteristics of late Heian period Tokoname jars, namely its sharp, thin rim and swelling shoulders. This jar was probably created as an outer container for a sutra container. Here the high temperatures in the kiln created strong winds in the kiln which, combined with the weight of the jar itself, caused this warped form. While there are many properly formed Tokoname jars of this period, this seems to be a perfect example of a noble form fallen all in a heap. This jar's misfortune created an unexpectedly natural shape that suits the austere wabi aesthetic.