Jar with four lugs


Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century
Stoneware with iron glaze
H x W x D: 37.4 x 30.9 x 30.9 cm (14 3/4 x 12 3/16 x 12 3/16 in)
China, probably Guangdong province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)

China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, tea

Rufus E. Moore, 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1900 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, 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
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) 1840 - 1918


Beginning in the ninth century, China sent large numbers of storage jars to destinations along trading routes to Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The jars were made at kilns in the coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian, or Guangdong, close to major port cities. Presumably most jars served as containers for commercial goods. Even after the Chinese jars were empty, they were highly valued. The uses to which they were put depended on the culture that received them. This jar reached Japan, where Chinese jars stored tea leaves used in the Japanese tea ceremony, chanoyu.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. London and New York. fig. 3.6.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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