This old Seto stoneware vase is decorated, under the transparent green glaze, with an incised pattern of whorls.

It combines technical mastery with a characteristically Japanese freedom of execution. The Seto kilns were the principal source of glazed stoneware in medieval Japan, and their establishment in the thirteenth century marked a new beginning in Japanese ceramics.

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