Mino ware tea-leaf storage jar

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Dachi or Okawa kilns, Toki or Mizunami city, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron and ash glazes
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 29.1 × 25 cm (11 7/16 × 9 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Light gray clay, fine grained and hard. Concentrically trimmed base. Four lugs on shoulder. Single line incised at base of neck; broad band of decorative combing below angle of shoulder. Impressed mark on base shaped like "walnut meat" (kurumi-in). Opaque brown iron glaze, stopping well above foot, splashed with ash glaze that appears black where well melted, yellow-brown where incompletely melted. Some kiln debris on shoulder. Inside inglazed.
  • Inscriptions

    Impressed mark on base shaped like "walnut meat" (kurumi-in).
  • Provenance

    To 1900
    Hayashi Tadamasa, (1853 -1906), Paris, to 1900 [1]
    From 1900 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Hayashi Tadamasa in 1900 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 782, 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

    Storage Jars (March 15, 2014 to June 28, 2015)
    The Potter's Mark: Tea Ceramics and Their Makers (August 18, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
    Japanese Ceramics from Seto and Mino (January 19, 1996 to August 5, 2001)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Hayashi Tadamasa 林 忠正? (1853-1906) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Dachi or Okawa kilns, Toki or Mizunami city, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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