Mino ware tea-leaf storage jar

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Light gray clay, fine grained and hard. Concentrically trimmed base. Four lugs on shoulder. Single line incised at base of neck; broad band of decorative combing below angle of shoulder. Impressed mark on base shaped like “walnut meat” (kurumi-in). Opaque brown iron glaze, stopping well above foot, splashed with ash glaze that appears black where well melted, yellow-brown where incompletely melted. Some kiln debris on shoulder. Inside inglazed.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1624-1644
Medium
Stoneware with iron and ash glazes
Style
Mino ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 29.1 x 25 x 25 cm (11 7/16 x 9 13/16 x 9 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Toki or Mizunami
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1900.51
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)

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

To 1900
Hayashi Tadamasa, (1853 -1906), Paris, to 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Hayashi Tadamasa in 1900 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 782, 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)

Hayashi Tadamasa (C.L. Freer source) French (born Japan), 1853 - 1906
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Light gray clay, fine grained and hard. Concentrically trimmed base. Four lugs on shoulder. Single line incised at base of neck; broad band of decorative combing below angle of shoulder. Impressed mark on base shaped like "walnut meat" (kurumi-in). Opaque brown iron glaze, stopping well above foot, splashed with ash glaze that appears black where well melted, yellow-brown where incompletely melted. Some kiln debris on shoulder. Inside inglazed.

Inscription(s)

Impressed mark on base shaped like "walnut meat" (kurumi-in).

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 136.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 51, p. 126.
  • Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America. no. 39 Lexington, MA, 2018. p. 148, fig. 23.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum