Tsushima ware tea bowl with incised decoration

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th century
  • Geography

    Tsushima island, Nagasaki prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron slip under feldspathic glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 8.1 x 13.4 cm (3 3/16 x 5 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tea-bowl, deep ovoidal; high foot. Brown lacquer repairs, on rim.
    Clay: dense, hard, buff.
    Glaze: thin iron slip, irregularly applied, under clear glaze, milky where thick.
    Decoration: incised through slip: cross-hatching bands around rim, inside and out; squiggles filling lower body, outside.
  • Provenance

    To 1911
    Kita Toranosuke, Kyoto, to 1911 [1]
    From 1911 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kita Toranosuke, Kyoto, in 1911 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See object file.
    [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

    Kita Toranosuke (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Tsushima island, Nagasaki prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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