Shodai Ware Small Jar with Splashed Ash Glaze Decoration


A Shodai ware small jar, fired in the middle to late Edo period in current Kumamoto prefecture. The jar is in the shape of a wide body, salt jar shape. And the distinctive opaque glaze of bamboo ash mixed with feldspar spreads throughout the inner body is overflowed and splashed on the surface of the vessel. The sturdy and simple style of this piece, which reflects the climate at the foot of Mount Shodai, is unique among Kyushu ceramics, which are based on Korean pottery techniques.

There are minor glaze flakings on the rim, but there are no other defects that should be noted. There is a kiln mark on the bottom.

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