This water jar, "mizugame," stands 60cm (23.5") high with a mouth diameter of 55cm (21.5".) The rich brown glaze is decorated front and back with freely poured ladle splashes of black slip. A band of 5 incised lines runs about 7cm below the rim of the jar. The decoration is similar to Tamba wares at first glance, but a look at the unglazed bottom reveals not the red clay of Tamba, but a yellowish-light brown clay from Seto or elsewhere. Water Jars like this one were a standard object outside of many pre-industrial Japanese homes to catch rain water, hold potable water, and to have water handy due to the ever-present danger of fires. It's utilitarian background, as well as it's solidly bold and healthy appearance make it a fine example of mingei pottery on a large scale.