Arts-Ceramics; Daily Life-Food
Tokkuri, or sake flasks, were produced in great quantity by the Bizen kilns in the Momoyama period. In this example, clean lines define the plump, barrel-shaped body, thin neck, and crisply finished mouth. The neat, concise form, made from a relatively fine-grained clay, provides a sympathetic surface for the red diagonal streaks which resulted from shielding a vessel wrapped in rice straw from direct contact with the flames during firing. The straw burns away, leaving the hidasuki on a background of unscorched white clay.
Money Hickman et al, "Japan's Golden Age: Momoyama" Dallas Museum of Art, 1996, scan of image on p.217, pl. 86.
St. Olaf College
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Japan - Azuchi-Momoyama 1573 - 1615
Chugoku (region), Okayama-ken (prefecture), Okayama (inhabited place)
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583 w x 768 h, 72 ppi
“Sake Flask,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed March 21, 2018, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/4553.