BOTTLE, Celadon with iron brown spots

Cultural Property National Treasure
Date1 Yuan dynasty
Date2 14th century
Kiln Longquan ware
Height (cm) 27.4
Maximum Diameter (cm) 14.6
Weight (g) 951
Collection The ATAKA Collection
Credit Line The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection), photograph by 〓(Please credit the name of the photographer which is indicated at the bottom left of each image)
Accession No. 00556
Description This type of ware, scattering iron spots on the body, was repeatedly produced at the Longquan kilns during the Yuan dynasty. In Japan, known as tobi-seiji or (iron-) scattered celadon, has been favored by tea masters. This piece is one of the most outstanding in terms of both the color of the glaze and the appearance of the iron spots. Bottles in such a form is called yuhuchun, the pleasant contrast of the slender neck and the pear-shaped swollen body demonstrating an extraordinary balance of the whole work. The glaze on the foot ring has been trimmed off for about five millimeters from the very bottom, exposing the dark, reddish brown clay body. This piece had been handed down through the Konoike family. Similar examples are housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK and the Baur Collection in Switzerland.
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