Bowl, Takeo Karatsu ware

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

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

    Stoneware with white slip, copper and iron pigments under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 11 x 34.8 x 34.8 cm (4 5/16 x 13 11/16 x 13 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Large deep bowl.
    Clay: stoneware, brown to brick red on exposed surfaces, with some small white stones; appearing gray brown under clear glaze.
    Glaze: on front, white slip, combed into undulating patterns, under clear glaze. glaze covers front of dish incompletely and covers only edge of back, with irregular runs.
    Decoration: on front, over combed slip pattern in cavetto, one long trail of copper green and, across from it, one long trail of iron-yellow, both faint. In bottom, three large oval sandy spur marks; judging from spacing of these marks, seven or eight spurs altogether were probably used, the others not adhering to the unglazed slip areas.
  • Provenance

    From 1962 to 1987
    Mr. Floyd L. Whittington, Sun City, Arizona, acquired in Indonesia through a local man. [1]
    From 1987
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L. Whittington, Sun City, Arizona. [2]
    [1] According to Louise Cort, “This plate is one of three similar ones acquired by Mr. Whittington in Indonesia in 1962.
    Mr. Whittington was Counsellor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Jakarta. The plates were acquired for him by a local man whom he funded regularly to go on buying trips. Mr. Whittington believes that these three plates were probably acquired somewhere in upper Borneo, above Kalimantan.” See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1. See also Deed of Gift, copy in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L. Whittington
  • Origin

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

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L. Whittington
  • Type

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