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Spherical Mat Weight

Warring States Period, 5th century BC

Diameter: 9.8cm

A spherical stoneware mat weight with a flat bottom, into which a hole has been centered.  The top is surmounted by a small loop handle, which is decorated with a finely impressed circular pattern.  The top half is partially covered with an a brownish-green natural ash glaze.  A small loop handle sits at the apex, and has an early 20th century Japanese cord tassel attached.  From a private Japanese collection and in an old, fitted and inscribed Japanese box.

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