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Tea bowl by an amateur potter

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1840-1860
  • Geography

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 8.8 x 10.3 cm (3 7/16 x 4 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1898.439
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1898.439

Object Details

  • Description

    Buff clay. Hand formed, heavy. Vertical faceting on one side of wall; incised undulating horizontal line on opposite side of wall; incised spiral in bottom; incised ring on base. Chocolate brown iron glaze, glossy on side exposed to highest temperature during firing (over facts), matte on opposite side. Foot unglazed.
  • Provenance

    To 1898
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1898 [1]
    From 1898 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1898 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 435, 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
  • Exhibition History

    Garden Potteries and Official Kilns: Clan-Sponsored Ceramics in the Edo Period (January 16, 1986 to November 3, 1986)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Vessel
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