H x W x D: 21.5 x 16 x 16 cm (8 7/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 5/16 in)
Sanage kiln group, Aichi prefecture, Japan
Nara period or Heian period
Long-necked bottle (chokeihei) (^j^)
Clay: fine-grained stoneware, light gray.
Glaze: narrow strip of olive green ash glaze deposited naturally in the course of firing on the forward-facing surfaces of the flask, including the interior of the neck, the rim and exterior of the neck, the shoulder and body, and the foot.
1. (Louise A. Cort, 1985) The cedar box that accompanies this long-necked flask bears the following identification inscribed on the top of the lid by the Japanese collector who owned the piece in the early 1960s:
Konin doki (Konin earthenware) [square red seal]
chokei (long neck)
shizenyu ari (has natural glaze)
Mary Louise O'Brien 
Freer Gallery of Art., purchased at auction, Christie's, New York and Manson & Woods International, Inc., New York, March 21, 1985, lot no. 539 
 According to Curatorial Note 6 in object record.
 See Note 1.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Japanese Ceramics from Seto and Mino (January 19, 1996 to August 5, 2001)