Harry and Hideo G. Packard, Kyoto, purchased from an unidentified owner, to 1998 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hideo G. Packard in 1998
 According to Curatorial Note 6 in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s)
Hideo G. Packard
Sturdy unglazed jars made in Bizen province (modern Okayama prefecture) had long been used in kitchens and storerooms. With the emerging popularity of the ritualized form of tea preparation called chanoyu, Bizen jars also came to the attention of urban connoisseurs, who used them to store tea. They also discerned—in the mottled coloration of the unglazed surface and the random deposits of wood ash—an austere beauty that they described as the jar’s “landscape.” This perception of the “landscapes” on jars from Bizen, as well as from Shigaraki, forms the first recorded aesthetic appreciation of unglazed stoneware, a preference
that has remained central to Japanese taste in ceramics.
- 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. 280-281.
- History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000. .
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum