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On View Charles Goddard Weld Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Japanese artist
  • Choko (sake cup), early 17th century
  • Glazed stoneware
  • Saga prefecture, Japan
  • H: 2 in, dia.: 2 3/4 in (H: 5.1 cm, dia.: 7.0 cm)
  • Gift of Dr. Charles Goddard Weld, 1910
  • E30032


Karatsu ware


This type of Karatsu is known as *e-karatsu* (picture Karatsu) for its use of underglaze iron decoration. Some crackling of glaze is apparent, and the cracks have darkened from use. Rice wine was drunk from vessels of either lacquer ware or ceramic. Connoisseurs prize this cup for its softly irregular form, muted glaze, vibrant brushstrokes, and sandy brown clay, all attributes expressing wabi (refined poverty), an aesthetic taste commonly found in the ceramics of late 16th-century Japan.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Japanese Art Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum; January 06, 2003 through Present