Bizen ware freshwater jar, with accessories

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Imbe, Okayama prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with natural ash glaze; black lacquered wooden lid
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 11 x 23.5 cm (4 5/16 x 9 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Square seal impressed on bottom, inside. Five vertical slashes on outside walls. Thrown on wheel, then rim distorted into triangular shape. Placed in kiln so as to receive maximum exposure to ash; where ash has flaked off (inside), body shows gray. Black lacquered wooden lid.
  • Marks

    This piece bears an impressed square seal in the interior. See the curatorial remarks field, comment number 1 for a discussion of this seal.
  • Provenance

    Takashi Yanagi, Kyoto [1]
    To 1998
    Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, New York City, purchased from Takashi Yanagi, to 1998 [2]
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Peggy and Richard M. Danziger in 1998
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 6 in the object record.
    [2] See Note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Imperfectly Beautiful: Inventing Japanese Ceramic Style (October 14, 2017 - October 14, 2019)
    The Potter's Mark: Tea Ceramics and Their Makers (August 18, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
    Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics (May 3 to September 7, 2003)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Takashi Yanagi
    Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
  • Origin

    Imbe, Okayama prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
  • Type

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