Gourd-shaped tea caddy with two lugs

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Seto or Kyoto, Aichi prefecture or Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 6.7 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm (2 5/8 x 3 1/16 x 3 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Mark of Moemon
  • Description

    Buff clay. String-cut base. Two lugs on shoulder. One large and three small indentations evenly spaced around lower body. Cross-shaped mark incised on base. Iron glaze, appearing rust brown with gritty texture where thin, lustrous dark brown where thick. Inside unglazed.
  • Marks

    Incised mark: [Jap], on base, over string-cut.
  • Inscriptions

    The cross-shaped mark incised on the base of this jar imitates the mark allegedly used by the potter Mo'emon, sometimes identified as one of the "Six Masters of Seto" said to have been authorized by Oda Nobunaga in 1563 to use personal marks on their pieces.
  • Provenance

    To 1902
    Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921), Kidderminster, England, to 1902 [1]
    From 1902 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Michael Tomkinson in 1902 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1172, 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

    Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Seto or Kyoto, Aichi prefecture or Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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