Small jar with three-color glaze


Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

This vase has an extended shoulder, short upright neck and a wide mouth. The body gradually narrows from the shoulder toward the base. The foot is short and widens at the bottom. The body is dappled with a tricolored glaze of green, light brown and white. The inside is glazed in pale green. The so-called “Nara tricolored ware” was produced in imitation of T’ang Dynasty ware which had been produced in China and brought into Japan. A description of the method of producing tricolored ware can be found in the documents stored in the Shoso-in, where fifty-seven such pieces are preserved. Due to the low-temperature firing and because this was once buried underground, the vase is a little chipped and the cover is lost.


  • Title: Small jar with three-color glaze
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 0710
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w73 x h42 cm
  • Object Width (English): 7.3 cm (Diameter of body) / 4.3 cm (Diameter of mouth) / 4.5 cm (Diameter of base)
  • Object Title (Japanese): 三彩小壺
  • Object Height (English): 4.2 cm
  • Object Date (English): Nara period, 8th century
  • Category (Japanese): 陶磁器
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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