mid- to late 1600s
(Japanese, active 1640s–90s)
Stoneware with white glaze (Shigaraki style)
Height: 28.3 cm (11 1/8 in.); Diameter: 28.7 cm (11 5/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1978.6
This jar may be considered an example of the aesthetic known as kireisabi, or refined rusticity.
In this tea storage jar, Nonomura Ninsei reinterpreted a Shigaraki stoneware—made to hold agricultural products and known for its warm orange color, asymmetrical round forms, and irregular natural ash glazes—to produce a more refined piece that would appeal to tea masters seeking a touch of rusticity. In Japanese tea culture, hanging scroll paintings or calligraphy are placed in the tokonoma, or viewing alcove, for participants to admire and discuss along with the utensils used in the gathering. The scrolls are typically paired with vessels containing seasonal floral arrangements.
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