This jar, most likely a piece of kitchenware, is covered with an impressed design. Potters created the pattern by pressing woven mats, probably reed or hemp, into the walls of the unfired piece. For coil-constructed pieces, such as this one, this process was not only decorative, but it also helped to unify the coils and strengthen the walls of the vessel.
Firing ceramics at higher temperatures, which was achieved by the construction of hillside tunnel kilns, allowed for stronger and more durable wares. The technique was developed by the Chinese, gained popularity in Korea, and eventually spread to Japan.
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- Refers to the cultures of the continent of Asia, which is in the eastern hemisphere, and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and is generally considered to be delimited on the west by the Ural Mountains. It also refers to the numerous islands off the coast of Asia.
- Deep, wide-mouthed vessels used for holding a variety of substances, usually without handles and generally cylindrical, although sometimes made in other shapes. For narrower-necked vessles, use "bottles."
- Culture and style of peoples from the East Asian peninsula of Korea.
- A type of pottery midway between earthenware and porcelain being made of clay and a fusible stone. It is fired to a point where partial vitrification renders it impervious to liquids, but, unlike porcelain, it is very seldom more than faintly translucent. The vitrification makes it unnecessary to add a glaze, but for reasons of utility and appearance decorative glazes are sometimes used, such as salt glaze and lead glaze.
- Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
, 9/24/2010 - 5/28/2011
Rare Books Room, Canady Library, Bryn Mawr College
9/24/2010 - 5/28/2011
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 27
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