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Tea ceremony water jar, Takatori or Karatsu ware

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with rice-straw-ash glaze; lacquered wooden lid
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 15.2 × 17.1 cm (6 × 6 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Water jar for the tea ceremony (mizusashi): ovoidal; wide mouth and flat, slightly hollowed base. Lacquer cover. Lacquer repairs on rim.
    Clay: hard, grayish.
    Glaze: lustrous dark yellow-brown with dripping overflow of (rice-straw-ash) blue; pool of blue and cream (rice-straw-ash glaze) inside.
    Decoration: wave-motive impressed in paste under glaze, on the inside (marks of anvil with incised pattern of concentric circles).
  • Provenance

    To 1899
    Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1899 [1]
    From 1899 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1899 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 170, 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

    Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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