Kohiki-Type (Powder-Glazed) Bottle Vase

18th - 19th century, Japan

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.  Examples of the form from Japanese kilns appear in the Hizen area kilns in the second half of the Edo period. (18th-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