Old-Tokoname Ware Unglazed Small Jar | Japan, 13C


A small unglazed jar fired in Tokoname in the early Kamakura period. It has the shape of large jars from the same region: a small bottom and a wide shoulder with a slight bulge leading to a sharp rim.

The widespread of ancient kilns throughout the Chita Peninsula in the second half of the 12th century has been thought to be linked to an increase in the demand for pottery due to the development of double cropping and cultivation techniques. This miniature jar may also have been used as a daily utensil or seedpot, a ritual vessel by farmers.

Although the mouth rim is worn, generally in good condition. The inside of the base is sealed with lacquer, so there are no leaks, making it ideal for throwing wildflowers picked on a walk.

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