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  • Place of origin:

    Yatsushiro (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, inlaid and glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 19, shelf 3

This bowl has been inlaid with white slip in a style reminiscent of Korean ceramics. The combination of white inlay under a grey-green glaze recalls in particular Korean celadon ceramics of the Koryo period (918–1392). The design of inlaid chrysanthemums was also a popular motif on Koryo ceramics.

The vase was made at the Yatsushiro kilns situated in Kumamoto Prefecture on the western island of Kyushu. This area has a long history of contact with the Korean peninsular. During Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea in 1592 and 1597, Korean potters were brought to Kyushu, where they helped to develop the local ceramic industry.

Physical description

Small stoneware bowl with decoration in inlaid slip. Twelve evenly spaced flowerheads enclosed within two pairs of concentric rings form a band of decoration around the upper part of the interior of the bowl. On the exterior, there is a broad band of decoration with wavy lines in slip. The bowl is covered in a clear greenish glaze with fine crazing throughout. The footring is unglazed revealing a red-brown body.

Place of Origin

Yatsushiro (made)


1800-1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, inlaid and glazed


Height: 4.8 cm, Diameter: 12.0 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl, stoneware with clear glaze over incised and slip-filled decoration, Japan, Yatsushiro ware, 1800-1850

Labels and date

Stoneware with impressed, incised and combed slip-filled decoration under clear glaze
Yatsushiro ware
JAPANESE; c.1800-1850
305-1877 [As at 2005]


Stoneware; Celadon; Slip


Inlaid celadon; Glazed


Stoneware; Ceramics


East Asia Collection

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