Tea bowl, unknown Raku ware workshop

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At A Glance

  • Period

    17th or 19th century
  • Geography

    Kyoto or Sakai, Japan
  • Material

    Raku-type clay with Black Raku glaze; gold lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 13.4 × 12 cm (5 1/4 × 4 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

  • Description

    Raku type ware, unknown kiln.
    Tea-bowl, very deep cylindrical; low foot. Gold lacquer repairs.
    Clay: soft, dense, grayish.
    Glaze: brilliant thick black, revealing yellow under.
    Inscription incised in paste.
  • Inscriptions

    The inscription incised in the side of the bowl under the black glaze appears to read:
    Yamagami-ko no mei ni yori Doraku saku
    Made by Doraku upon order of Lord Yamagami
  • Provenance

    To 1894
    Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1894 [1]
    From 1894 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1894 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 304, 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Takayanagi Tozo 高柳陶造 (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Kyoto or Sakai, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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