Jar with Cypress Fence Pattern

  • Shigaraki kiln, Shiga pref.
  • Azuchimomoyama period
  • 16c
  • Shigaraki ware
  • H-16.3 D-17
Catalogue Entry

Azuchimomoyama Period, dated by inscription to Eiroku 10 (1567)
H. 16.3, MD. 12.5, TD. 17.3, BD. 15.0
Miho Museum, Shiga
This inscribed jar has lost all of its mouth and neck area. While the original shape of the jar is not apparent, today it is used as a mizusashi fresh water jar for the tea ceremony. The clay has very few feldspar and silica inclusions and the form was created through coil building. Lightly fired, the surface of the pot is dark brownish in color. The shoulders are inscribed with the so-called multiple Xs known as the cypress fence pattern but it is the text inscribed on the torso of the work which is most noteworthy. This gives the place, date and name of its maker, stating "Tenjin chokushi Eiroku ju^nen (hinoto u) ju^nigatsu ju^roku nichi, Kuro^emon saku." A Tenjin Shrine still exists in Chokushi, Shigaraki cho^, and there are old kiln remains in that area. This would lead us to believe that this pot was made for dedication to the Tenjin Shrine. In any event, these suppositions must remain pure speculation, while the work remains an important example of a pot with an inscribed text.