Asahi ware tea bowl, sugi shape


Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th century
Stoneware with ash glaze
Asahi ware
H x W: 9.5 x 13.7 cm (3 3/4 x 5 3/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Uji
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl (sugigata chawan)

Asahi ware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, stoneware, tea

To 1901
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1901 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 865, 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


The impressed marks along the ornamental seam of this bowl imitate the strip of cherry bark that closes the seam on a bentwood vessel. Such utilitarian vessels were sometimes used as water containers in chanoyu. The bowl shown here was made at Asahi workshop, which has operated in the tea-growing center of Uji, south of Kyoto, since the early seventeenth century.

Published References
  • Untitled Article. vol. 11, Autumn 1987. p. 6.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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