Large Jar, known as YANAGI

  • Shigaraki kiln, Shiga pref.
  • Muromachi period
  • 15c
  • Shigaraki ware
  • H-46 D-42
Catalogue Entry

Muromachi Period, 15th century
H. 46.0, MD. 14.8, TD. 41.5, BD. 17.2
Miho Museum, Shiga
The entire neck and mouth area has been lost on this relatively large jar, but its full, replete shape can be seen in the remaining torso. Feldspar fragments have burst fully from the surface of this well-fired jar, and the clay surface is a dark brown color. Ash fell and melted into splendid flows of bright green natural ash glaze. Coil-built from five layers of coiled clay, this jar has a flat base. The fire also touched the base of the jar, and the pooling of glaze that reached the base adhered to the base. The jar walls are thick and the piece is weighty. Domon Ken named this jar with its rich flow of glaze, Yanagi, or "willow" in Japanese.