Spherical Mat Weight
Warring States Period, 5th century BC
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.