Kohiki-Type (Powder-Glazed) Bottle Vase

18th - 19th century

Height: 28.3cm

Based on a Persian bottle form from the 9th-10th century, this elegant bottle vase has a pear-shaped base the rises to a long neck, which is finished with two ridges at the mouth, reminiscent of earlier flask forms.  The grey stoneware body is covered with slip and finally with a translucent glaze, a style known as “kohiki-type” in Japan.

The foot rim is unglazed, revealing a grey stoneware body fired to a dark russet brown color on the exterior.  Given that this form was popular in Japan in the Edo Period, it is likely that this piece was made for export to Japan, or by Korean potters in Japan.  (Buncheong ceramics were out of fashion for Korean domestic markets after the 16th century, but were still popular in Japan through the 19th century.). Examples of the form from Japanese kilns appear in the Hizen area kilns in the second half of the Edo period. (17th-19th c.)

A slightly more truncated version appears in the Longquan kilns in the Yuan period.  See “Celadons from the Longquan Kilns” Beijing 1998.  Pl. 159.  


Provenance: Collection of a U. S. Military Officer stationed in Asia during the 1940’s -early 1950’s, and thus by decent in family