Snow Plum Blossom Vase

The first ceramics produced in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan were durable, functional items such as bottles and large dishes, such as this jar in the Asian Art Museum collection.  As the tea ceremony developed in 16th century Japan, the irregular contours of rustic Shigaraki ware appealed to the wabi-sabi aesthetic.  The golden petals topping incised stems on this vase bring out the subtle shining spots that form as a result of quartz and feldspar naturally present in the clay, which melts and contracts in the heat of the kiln. 

  • Ceramic 
  • 6 ½ x 8 ¼ inches 
  • Made in Japan