Karatsu ware tea ceremony water jar


Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1780-1860
Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under feldspathic glaze
Karatsu ware, E-Karatsu type
H x W: 16.7 x 17.8 cm (6 9/16 x 7 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), grass, Japan, Karatsu ware, E-karatsu type, stoneware, tea, water

To 1902
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1902 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1211, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Bernard Leach. A Potter's Portfolio: A Selection of Fine Pots. New York. pl. 38.
  • Bernard Leach. The Potter's Challenge. New York. pp. 112-113.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 155.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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