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Bird-shaped bottle
須恵器 鳥型瓶 古墳時代
Place of Origin: Japan, Sanyo district
Historical Period: Kofun period (250-552)
Materials: Stoneware
Style or Ware: Sue ware
Dimensions: H. 5 1/8 in x W. 12 in x L. 4 1/2 in, H. 13 cm x W. 30.5 cm x L. 11.4 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mr. Walter Goodman
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B69P35
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 25

Description

Label: This bird-shaped vessel was first wheel-thrown then modeled by hand. The opposing edges of a shallow, thrown bowl were brought together to form the body, with its pointed ends. Comblike marks reveal that the potter then used a tool to smooth the seams and model the shape. The slight upward turns of each end animate the shape. A separately thrown neck was attached to the open form for a mouth. This high-fired bottle is waterproof and could hold liquid.

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Exhibition History: "For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000
Label: This bird-shaped vessel was first wheel-thrown then modeled by hand. The opposing edges of a shallow, thrown bowl were brought together to form the body, with its pointed ends. Comblike marks reveal that the potter then used a tool to smooth the seams and model the shape. The slight upward turns of each end animate the shape. A separately thrown neck was attached to the open form for a mouth. This high-fired bottle is waterproof and could hold liquid.
Exhibition History: "For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000