High-fired Unglazed Pottery Jar “Nanban Chimaki” | Vietnam, 14-16C


A ‘Yakishime’ (high-fired unglazed) jar fired in Vietnam. There are various theories about its use, but it is unlikely that it was for storage because the area around the base is narrow enough to be grasped by hand, and it is highly possible that it was a grenade used in close combat.

Not only Vietnamese jars, but also various clays and shapes have been found in Southeast Asia and its coasts. Since the relics of the Mongolian invasion that were lifted off the coast of Takashima, Nagasaki Prefecture, include the same type, it was originally invented under the Yuan dynasty, and the technology was probably transmitted to Southeast Asia.

In Japan from Momoyama to the early Edo period, these types of jars were called ‘Nanban-chimaki’ and were prized by tea masters. If the Nanban-chimaki were really a grenade, it is ironic that Japan came to manufacture ceramic grenades due to lack of metal resources at the end of World War II, about 300 years later.

Since it is a shipwreck item, there is an adhesion of shellfish, but there are no notable defects.

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