Basin, used as tea ceremony water jar

citation

Gray clay, dark brown on surface. Clear glaze, crackled, appearing brown over heavily reduced body; rim dipped into rice-straw ash glaze tinted with copper (reduced to red), which runs down in uneven trails. Red lacquer repairs to worn areas on rim. Black lacquer lid.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1790-1850
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash and copper-tinted rice-ash glazes; black lacquered wooden lid
Style
Agano, Yatsushiro, or Shodai ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 10.4 x 22.8 x 22.8 cm (4 1/8 x 9 x 9 in)
Geography
Japan, Fukuoka prefecture or Kumamoto prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.382a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Basin

Keywords
Agano ware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Shodai ware, stoneware, tea, water, Yatsushiro ware
Provenance

To 1911
Yamanaka & Company, Kyoto, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1911 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2169, 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)

Description

Gray clay, dark brown on surface. Clear glaze, crackled, appearing brown over heavily reduced body; rim dipped into rice-straw ash glaze tinted with copper (reduced to red), which runs down in uneven trails. Red lacquer repairs to worn areas on rim. Black lacquer lid.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 66, p. 142.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum