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  • Place of origin:

    Yatsushiro (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, inlaid and glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This jar has been inlaid with white slip in a style reminiscent of Korean ceramics, the combination of white inlay under a grey-green glaze being reminiscent in particular of Korean celadon ceramics of the Koryo period (918–1392). The jar 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, large numbers of Korean potters were brought to Kyushu, where they helped to develop the local ceramic industry.

Physical description

Tall, broad jar with straight sides extending out from base, curved shoulder and short cylindrical neck. Outer surface decorated all over with short vertical wavy lines of inlaid creamy-white slip. Greenish-grey clear glaze. Maker's mark incised on base.

Place of Origin

Yatsushiro (made)


1750-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, inlaid and glazed


Height: 42.0 cm, Diameter: 33.0 cm shoulder

Descriptive line

Jar, stoneware with clear glaze over incised and slip-filled decoration, Japan, Yatsushiro ware, 1750-1850

Labels and date

Stoneware with impressed slip-filled decoration under clear glaze
Maker's mark incised on base
Yatsushiro ware
JAPANESE; c.1750-1850
302-1877 [As at 2005]


Stoneware; Celadon; Slip


Inlaid celadon; Glazed


Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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