Bizen ware freshwater jar, with accessories


Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1590-1605
Stoneware with natural ash glaze; black lacquered wooden lid
Bizen ware
H x Diam (overall): 11 x 23.5 cm (4 5/16 x 9 1/4 in)
Japan, Okayama prefecture, Imbe
Credit Line
Gift of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 06: Imperfectly Beautiful: Inventing Japanese Ceramic Style
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea ceremony water jar (suribachi mizusashi) with accessories

Bizen ware, Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware, tea, water, WWII-era provenance

Takashi Yanagi, Kyoto [1]

To 1998
Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, New York City, purchased from Takashi Yanagi, to 1998 [2]

From 1998
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Peggy and Richard M. Danziger in 1998


[1] According to Curatorial Note 6 in the object record.

[2] See Note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Takashi Yanagi
Peggy and Richard M. Danziger


The imprint of a large square seal on this basin was purposely placed in the center for visibility during chanoyu gatherings, rather than modestly hidden on the base. Similar-perhaps identical-square seal impressions appear on several tea ceramics made at the Shigaraki kilns and excavated from the site of a merchant's shophouse in Kyoto. Both Bizen and Shigaraki were important sources of tea ceramics for the Kyoto market. The square seal prominently imprinted on these wares may mark a special order placed with potters in both locations by a tea customer, if not by the merchant himself.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 289-292.
  • Louise Allison Cort, Bert Winther-Tamaki, Bruce Altshuler, Niimi Ryu. Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth. Washington and Berkeley. p. 108, fig. 3.4.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. London and New York. fig. 3.16.
  • p. 91, fig. 59.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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