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Published on Jan 25, 2013
Bottle, sueki (Sue ware)
This is an example of what is known as sueki (Sue ware), the earliest high-fired ceramics made in Japan. In telling the story of Japanese art, objects like this one demonstrate both the technology and aesthetic sensibilities of their makers.
The glaze on the clay body was a natural by-product of the firing process, formed by wood ash melting on the bottle's surface. The rich green color where the glaze is thickest indicates the side that faced the flames. The crease that encircles the body at the shoulder (where the separately made top and bottom were joined) is echoed by the incised line that encircles the neck, adding a subtle touch of elegance to the design.