Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Momoyama Period (1568-1615)

Late 16th century

Stoneware with underglaze iron decoration (Shino ware)

2 x 11 5/8 inches (5.1 x 29.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by Warren H. Watanabe and with the Henry B. Keep Fund and the Hollis Family Foundation Fund, 2000

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Shino wares, produced in kilns located near the town of Mino, lent themselves especially well to the tea ceremony, in which each object is appreciated for its look, weight, and texture. This square dish, among the largest known Shino pieces, is painted in lead pigment with a design of geese and reeds. Its creamy white glaze is luxurious to the touch, and its hand-built form gives it the irregular shape prized by tea connoisseurs. The dish would have held food served at tea ceremonies.