Jar with Cypress Fence Pattern

  • Shigaraki kiln, Shiga pref.
  • Muromachi period
  • 15c
  • Shigaraki ware
  • H-25.4 D-22
Catalogue Entry

Muromachi Period, 15th century
H. 25.4, MD. 14.0, TD. 22.3, BD. 15.0
Miho Museum, Shiga
This jar with cypress fence pattern has a curving, everted wide mouth. The clay is rough with a great deal of feldspar and silica inclusions. The jar was lightly fired and there are a considerable number of stone bursts and cracks. The pattern is a double cypress fence pattern, in the older style known as the arrow feather form. The jar was coil-built and has a flat base. The ash has changed since firing and largely flaked off, leaving a whitened, sere effect. The jar has an extremely desolate and lonely feel. A character resembling "kiln" in Japanese was carved in the whitened dried glaze section on the shoulder.