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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    675-750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, with natural ash glaze over rouletted decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 23, shelf 7

This tall-necked jar is an example of Sue ware, a type of pottery whose technology was introduced into Japan from Korea at the turn of the 5th century AD. Its liberal covering of natural ash glaze is the chance result of flying ash from the wood fuel settling and melting on the pot surface during firing. Its angularity and sharpness of execution is reminiscent of metalwork, and although no immediate prototype is identifiable, it is likely that imported Chinese bronzes were the formative inspiration.

Physical description

Tall-necked jar with flaring mouth, covered with a green glaze over decoration of bands of dots

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


675-750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, with natural ash glaze over rouletted decoration


Height: 27.4 cm

Descriptive line

Tall-necked jar, stoneware with natural ash glaze over rouletted decoration; Sue ware, Japan, 675-750

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, Colour Plate No. 70.
Earle, Joe, ed. Japanese art and design London: V&A Publishing, 2009, p. 33.

Labels and date

Tall-Necked Jar
Stoneware with green ash glaze over bands of dots
Sue ware
About 675-750
This jar has an unusually large amount of natural ash glaze. Its sharp profile may have been inspired by Chinese bronzes. [1986]


Stoneware; Ash glaze



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Containers; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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