Oval serving bowl in shape of rice bale

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Light gray clay. Hand formed. Clear glaze, crackled and stained brown; upper coating of opalescent blue glaze (unofu) running irregularly down outside and inside, pooling in bottom, with areas of yellow-brown, violet blue, and turquoise; pitted. Clear glaze inside foot.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1868
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash and rice-straw-ash glazes
Style
Unknown ware, Ofuke style
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.8 x 21.8 x 21.8 cm (3 7/8 x 8 9/16 x 8 9/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1899.76a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Serving bowl (hachi)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Mino ware, Ofuke ware, stoneware
Provenance

To 1899
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1899 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 171, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Description

Light gray clay. Hand formed. Clear glaze, crackled and stained brown; upper coating of opalescent blue glaze (unofu) running irregularly down outside and inside, pooling in bottom, with areas of yellow-brown, violet blue, and turquoise; pitted. Clear glaze inside foot.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 157, no. 76.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum