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  • Place of origin:

    Karatsu (made)

  • Date:

    1590-1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with off-white glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case M, shelf 3

Physical description

Jar of irregular shape, consisting of a depressed globe with upright mouth rim of oval plan, rounding below to a low, uneven ring foot. The mouth rim has been repaired with gold lacquer in several places. Where the body has burnt orange-buff in one place on the inside, wheel-turning marks are visible. The glaze is opaque and creamy-grey with fine crackling; in places it has developed a slight opalescent bloom characteristic of so-called 'madara' type Karatsu ware. In other areas, especially on the lower exterior, it has shrivelled into patches, stopping well above the foot.

Place of Origin

Karatsu (made)


1590-1630 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with off-white glaze


Height: 10.6 cm, Width: 15.7 cm

Descriptive line

Fresh water jar, stoneware with off-white glaze; Japan, Karatsu kilns, 1590-1630

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, Monochrome Plate No. 232.
Earle, Joe, ed. Japanese art and design London: V&A Publishing, 2009, p. 43, Plate 20.






Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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