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Stoneware Heishi

Nanbokucho- Muromachi Period, 14th - 15th c., Japan

Height: 26.7cm

 

A high shouldered “mei-ping” or “heishi” form stoneware bottle vase of high-shouldered form surmounted by a tall flared mouth-rim with rolled edge.  About two thirds of the mouth-rim is damaged, mostly in a kiln accident, evidenced by glaze over damaged areas.  The thick walls of the vessel are paddled and fired to a dark reddish brown color.  About two thirds of the surface has streaming green ash glaze eminating from the shoulders and pooling into rivulets along the body.  The flat foot reveals a gray stoneware body, typical of Tokoname kiln output.