Tea-leaf storage jar, Sobokai type

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At A Glance

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  • Period

  • Geography

    Kakishita no. 1 kiln, Toki city, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Gray stoneware (reddish-brown on surface) with iron slip under iron glaze and fly-ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 33.5 x 30 x 30 cm (13 3/16 x 11 13/16 x 11 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Gray clay, reddish brown on surface (Sobokai clay). Concentrically trimmed base. Four broad lugs equally spaced on shoulder. Inscription incised on base, "Sobokai [tsukuru?]" ([made at?] Sobokai). Thin iron slip over neck, shoulder, and most of body; thin, naturally occuring ash glaze deposit on shoulder and inside neck. Inside unglazed. Paulownia wood lid, inscribed in ink "Ubagafutokoro." Silk storage bag.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscription incised on base, "Sobokai [tsukuru?]" ([made at?] Sobokai).
    Inscription incised on base, "Sobokai [tsukuru?]" ([made at?] Sobokai).
  • Provenance

    To 1966
    N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [1]
    From 1966
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Rinpa Screens (February 25, 2023 to February 4, 2024)
    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)
    Boxed In: Japanese Ceramics and Their Storage Boxes (September 23, 1982 to February 17, 1983)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Japanese Art (July 1, 1974 to April 10, 1978)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    N.V. Hammer, Inc.
  • Origin

    Kakishita no. 1 kiln, Toki city, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 05: Rinpa Screens
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