Ko-Seto wares were produced in the area near Seto City, present-day Aichi Prefecture. Production of Seto ware began in the late thirteenth century and continued through the Muromachi Period. The ceramic utensils of the Ko-Seto (old Seto) kilns are noted for incised or stamped flowering plant and arabesque motifs under an iron brown or yellowgreen glaze. The first iron glaze at Seto was thin and uneven, unlike the opaque, brownish black glaze (temmoku) on imported Chinese pieces.
Ko-Seto ware, stoneware with stamped and incised decoration covered with glaze
late 13th-early 14th century
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Wine Bottle, late 13th-early 14th century. Ko-Seto ware, stoneware with stamped and incised decoration covered with glaze, 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (26.7 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 78.204. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.204_PS9.jpg)
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High shouldered cylindrical bottle with short, slightly flaring neck, strong lip ring, and a flat bottom. The straight sides taper outward as they rise to the shoulder. Buff-colored stoneware covered except inside and a foot with brownish-green flaze unevenly applied and running in irregular drips. Stamped designs of a chrysanthemum flower and leaves and stalks within a circular border below the shoulder on three sides in an overall pattern of grass scrolls; ring of small radiating petals around base of neck.
In wood storage box.
Condition: two areas of the shoulder, to the right and left of the kiln scar, are restorations; ¾" chip inside mouth.
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