Japanese antique Shigaraki narrow necked storage jar - tsubo
Stoneware clay with natural wood-ash glaze
Muromachi Period (1336-1573 A.D.)
H: 17 1/2”

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This long torso jar has strong, swelling shoulders. The everted neck has a small swelling beneath the carefully formed turned back rim. With the exception of three small chips the neck is intact. The jar was built from five layers of coiled clay clearly visible on the surface of the vessel. An abundance of feldspar and silica have burst over the entire surface with numerous cracks and depressions caused by the burn off of organic materials in the clay. Several black spots are visible here and there where the iron worked its way through the clay to the surface. The side away from the fire collected ash on the shoulders and neck creating a sesame seed-like finished with a section of green glaze at the base of the neck. As the ash continued down the torso about midway a large, v-shaped area of bright, green glaze formed with a dark green glaze surround. The other side of the vessel has a deep reddish brown surface half way down the torso from the shoulders which then changes to a bright red to the base. The concave base has a protruded geta-in clog mark with kiln furniture adhesions which allowed the bright green glaze to run onto the base