Large, important stoneware vase made by Shimaoka Tatsuzo, pupil of Hamada Shoji and until his death in 2007, Living National Treasure of Japan. The rim of this jar stands erect and opens outward. The neck has a soft inward curve, and the lower portion of the body swells out. The foot of the jar is short and flat. All but the neck is covered with the inlaid rope pattern for which this potter is well known. Possibly inspired by Yayao earthenware of the third century...