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On View Charles Goddard Weld Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Japanese artist
  • Tsubo (storage jar), 16th century
  • Stoneware
  • Hyogo prefecture, Japan
  • H: 17 1/2 in, dia.: 14 1/4 in (H: 44.4 cm, dia.: 36.2 cm)
  • Museum purchase with funds donated in memory of John E. Thayer III, 2002
  • E302007


Tanba ware


This is a large storage jar with greenish glaze over some of the piece. Utilitarian jars were made for agricultural use beginning in the 12th century. The smooth, reddish-brown body and green-colored glaze are characteristic of early ceramics from the Tanba kilns. During firing in a wood-burning kiln, ash accumulated on the pot's shoulder, vitrifying into its uniquely irregular shape.

Exhibition History

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