Bowl (Excavated from a Tomb of Izumo-Ogitochi, Shimane)

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Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Place of production
Place excavated
Excavated from a Tomb of Izumo-Ogitochi, Shimane
Era century
Southern Song dynasty, China, 13th century
Item shape
Procelain with pale blue
H 6.8, D of rim 13.4
Nara National Museum
These objects were excavated in 1965 from a hill on the left side of the Hii river in the Izumo plain. It is reported that a large jar was placed within the square cavern of the tomb, which contained the ash of the dead, celadon bowls and dishes. The jar had reportedly been covered with a stone plate and buried under pebbles, over which the Sotoba-sign plate of the tomb was set. Both of the celadon bowls are deep and made in an elegant style. Twenty five lotus petals are depicted on the outer surface of the bowls. They are coated evenly with greenish blue glaze. The dish is not deep and has a wide mouth. The material is light-gray clay which was thickly coated with celadon glaze. The inside of the disk is decorated with petal-like stripes, and the design of a flowering plant is stamped into the bottom of the inside. All these celadon pieces are excellent both in shape and glazing. They were probably made in the Long-quan kiln in China and are among the best Chinese ceramics ever excavated in Japan. The big earthenware jar has a large shoulder and a short neck. It was probably made in an old kiln in today's Aichi prefecture.

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Objects from a Tomb of Izumo-Ogitochi, Shimane

Kamakura period; Southern Song dynasty, China, 13t

Important Cultural P

Nara National Museum