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Sue pottery

Blue-gray form of stoneware pottery fired at high temperature, which was produced in Japan and southern Korea during the Kofun, Nara, and Heian periods of Japanese history.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 0001
Recumbent Bottle (Yokobe) - Public domain museum image. A black vase sitting on top of a white table
The term Sue was coined in the 1930s by the archaeologist Shuichi Goto (ja:後藤守一) from a reference to vessels mentioned in the 8th century Japanese classical poetry anthology Man'yōshū. Previous to this, the terms iwaibe doki (祝部土器) or Chosen doki were in more common use.

Sue pottery is believed to have originated in the 5th or 6th century in the Kaya region of southern Korea, and was brought to Japan by immigrant craftsmen. It was contemporary with the native Japanese Haji pottery, which was more porous and reddish in color. Sue ware was made from coils of clay, beaten and smoothed or carved into shape, and then fired in an oxygen-reduction atmosphere of over 1000 °C. The resulting stoneware was generally unglazed, but sometimes displays an accidental partial covering of ash glaze, which melted in drips onto the ceramic pieces' surfaces as they were being fired.

Sue pottery was produced in numerous locations around Japan, including southern Osaka prefecture, along the coast of the Inland Sea and parts of eastern Honshū. It was used for the roof tiles of the Kokubunji system of Provincial temples erected in the Nara period. By the end of early 7th century, its position as an elite product was eroded by mass production, and by the imports of the new three-color ceramics from Tang China. By the Heian period, Sue ware had become a utilitarian pottery, and it became the ancestor of a number of regional ceramics such as Bizen ware.
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Vessel with Straw Hole - Public domain museum image. A white vase sitting on top of a table

Vessel with Straw Hole - Public domain museum image. A white vase sitt...

Public domain photo of 3d object, pottery, ceramics, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Long-Necked Jar Kofun period - Public domain museum image. A close up of a vase on a table

Long-Necked Jar Kofun period - Public domain museum image. A close up ...

Accession Number: 1975.268.419 Kofun period (ca. 300–710) Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Long-Necked Bottle, Japan, Nara period

Long-Necked Bottle, Japan, Nara period

Nara period (710–794) Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of...

A large vase with a glaze on it, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Recumbent Bottle (Yokobe) - Public domain museum image. A black vase sitting on top of a white table

Recumbent Bottle (Yokobe) - Public domain museum image. A black vase s...

Kofun period (ca. 3rd–7th century Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Jar, Japan - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a white table

Jar, Japan - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top o...

Accession Number: 2002.447.10 Heian period (794–1185) Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Storage jar, 15th century - Public domain photo of museum object

Storage jar, 15th century - Public domain photo of museum object

Muromachi period (1392–1573) Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Coptic Pot, 7th century, Egypt - Public domain museum image. A clay vase with a cracky surface

Coptic Pot, 7th century, Egypt - Public domain museum image. A clay va...

A small, round, brown vase with a hole in the middle, Coptic, Egypt, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Jar, 7th century Kofun period - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

Jar, 7th century Kofun period - Public domain museum image. A brown va...

Public domain photo of 3d object, pottery, ceramics, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Urn, 8th century, Japan, Nara period

Urn, 8th century, Japan, Nara period

Nara period (710–794) Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Four-Legged Jar with Lid - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of a vase

Four-Legged Jar with Lid - Public domain museum image. A black and whi...

Nara period (710–794) Public domain photograph of archaeological object, ceramics vessel, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器 四足壺(蓋付)|Four-Legged Jar with Lid

須恵器 四足壺(蓋付)|Four-Legged Jar with Lid

A vase and a small container are on display, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Covered Sauce Tureen - Public domain dedication photo

Covered Sauce Tureen - Public domain dedication photo

Public domain photo of a 3d object, North America, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitt...

A large vase with a green glaze, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Japan, Heian Period - Cinerary Urn- Sueki Ware - 1993.131 - Cleveland Museum of Art

Japan, Heian Period - Cinerary Urn- Sueki Ware - 1993.131 - Cleveland ...

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須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A green and black vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A green and black...

A green pottery vase, probably from the late Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of...

A vase with a design on it, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

市ヶ尾横穴群出土 須恵器 フラスコ形長頸瓶

市ヶ尾横穴群出土 須恵器 フラスコ形長頸瓶

日本語: 市ヶ尾横穴群出土 須恵器 フラスコ形長頸瓶

Japan, Heian Period - Cinerary Urn- Sueki Ware - 1993.131.a - Cleveland Museum of Art

Japan, Heian Period - Cinerary Urn- Sueki Ware - 1993.131.a - Clevelan...

Public domain photograph of Japanese art from Cleveland Museum of Art, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Japan, Nara period - Storage Jar- Sueki ware - 1998.170 - Cleveland Museum of Art

Japan, Nara period - Storage Jar- Sueki ware - 1998.170 - Cleveland Mu...

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須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A close up of a vase on a table

須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A close up of a v...

A large, old, green vase with a brown base, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器 四足壺(蓋付)|Four-Legged Jar with Lid

須恵器 四足壺(蓋付)|Four-Legged Jar with Lid

A small vase with a large base, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Japan, Kofun Period - Jar with Combed Design- Sueki Ware - 1991.124 - Cleveland Museum of Art

Japan, Kofun Period - Jar with Combed Design- Sueki Ware - 1991.124 - ...

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Flask, Japan - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of a vase

Flask, Japan - Public domain museum image. A black and white photo of ...

Accession Number: 2002.447.9 Early Nara period (646–710) Public domain photograph of glazed ceramics, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of...

A vase made of clay, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Short-necked jar, Sue ware, excavated at Rurikozuka Tumulus, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba, Kofun (Asuka) period, 600s AD, stoneware - Tokyo National Museum - Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan - DSC09179

Short-necked jar, Sue ware, excavated at Rurikozuka Tumulus, Kisarazu-...

Exhibit in the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan. This work is old enough so that it is in the public domain.

須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器長頸壺|Long-Necked Jar - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitt...

A vase with green glaze and a white background, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of a table

須恵器 甕|Urn - Public domain museum image. A brown vase sitting on top of...

A vase made from a clay pot, Japan, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Footed long-necked jar, Sue ware, excavated from Kaniana Tumulus, Toba-shi, Mie, Kofun (Asuka) period, 600s AD, ceramic - Tokyo National Museum - Tokyo, Japan - DSC09311

Footed long-necked jar, Sue ware, excavated from Kaniana Tumulus, Toba...

Exhibit in the Tokyo National Museum - Tokyo, Japan. Public domain photograph of ceramic vase, jug, pottery, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Long-necked vessel in shape of flask, Sue ware, excavated Ichigao Tunnel Tombs, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Kofun (Asuka) period, 600s AD, stoneware - Tokyo National Museum - Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan - DSC09177

Long-necked vessel in shape of flask, Sue ware, excavated Ichigao Tunn...

Exhibit in the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan. This work is old enough so that it is in the public domain.

Ring-shaped portable flask, excavated at Okudayama, Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima, Kofun period, 500s AD, ceramic - Tokyo National Museum - Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan - DSC09151

Ring-shaped portable flask, excavated at Okudayama, Akitakata-shi, Hir...

Exhibit in the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan. This work is old enough so that it is in the public domain.