Covered jar, “Oxcart”

Artist: Miura Koheiji (1933-2006)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, ca. 1991
Stoneware with guan-style glaze
H x Diam: 21 x 25.5 cm (8 1/4 x 10 1/16 in)
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Willard Clark, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Feinberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Sokol
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, ox, stoneware
Provenance research underway.

The Tokyo-based ceramic artist Miura Koheiji has devoted his career to mastering the thick, crackled blue glaze based on Chinese guan (official) ware made for the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1289) court. His subjects for ornamentation, however--like the oxcart-shaped handle on the lid of this jar--come from rural scenes he observed during a series of trips through Central and Southwest Asia. Miura has said that the sky blue of his hallmark glaze reminds him of a lake he once saw in Afghanistan.  

Published References
  • Dr. Frederick Baekeland, Robert Moes. Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections. Exh. cat. New York and Münsterschwarzach, Germany, December 1993 - August 1994. cat. 57.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 20, fig. 6.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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