Water jar with “Dutch” design


Artist: Ogata Ihachi (Kyoto Kenzan II) (active 1720-1760)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 18th century
Buff clay with white slip, iron pigment, and enamels under transparent lead glaze
H x W: 7.2 x 28.2 cm (2 13/16 x 11 1/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Water jar (mizusashi)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan

Y. Fujita and Company, Kyoto 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Y. Fujita and Company, Kyoto in 1911 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2194, 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
Y. Fujita and Company (C.L. Freer source)


The shape of the piece has a distant referent in Chinese three-color basins ban said to be made in the Fujian region from as early as the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); pieces have been excavated in Kamakura and also passed down in temples. The domestic deployment would be in the tearoom, as a hira-mizusashi, a water jar used in summer tea ceremonies. The piece would have been fitted with a black lacquer lid.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 42, p. 118.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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