Karatsu ware tea ceremony water jar, Takeo Karatsu type

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Takeo Karatsu kilns, Takeo, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip under copper-green glaze, ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 22.5 × 18.7 cm (8 7/8 × 7 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tea-ceremony water jar (mizusashi 水指])
    Cylindrical; rudimentary handles; heavy foot, notched.
    Clay: hard, dense, stoneware, reddish on surface, grayish on interior
    Glaze: White slip, brushed horizontally (visible at foot), under blue, blended with green, yellow-olive, purple, and greenish-brown underfired area; dark crackle.
    Decoration: incised pairs of rings circling body, one each above and below lugs, cut through slip.
  • Provenance

    To 1906
    Spier Collection, London, to 1906 [1]
    From 1906 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), puchased from Spier Collection, London, in 1906 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 9, 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

    Julius Spier (1848-1923) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Takeo Karatsu kilns, Takeo, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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