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(Tsubo 壺)
(15th century-16th century)

stoneware (Shigaraki ware)
46.0 × 42.8 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Shigaraki, Shiga, Japan
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of CRA Limited, Fellow, 1984
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
This large storage vessel displays the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the appreciation of beauty found in imperfection, and a love for the old and worn. Created with rough clay and fired in a single-chamber kiln, naked flames and liquifying ash have created natural colour tones and cascading glazing that is recognised as a collaboration between the potter and the forces of nature.