Omuro ware freshwater jar for the tea ceremony

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 17th century
  • Geography

    Omuro kiln, Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware clay with iron and rice-straw ash glazes; lacquered wooden lid
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 19.5 x 18.6 x 15.1 cm (7 11/16 x 7 5/16 x 5 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Nonomura Ninsei (active ca. 1646-77)
  • Description

    Cylindrical in shape, the jar has a wide, round mouth, and widens to a rounded bottom and flat base. The wheelmade stoneware body is coated with multiple applications of polychrome glazes. Two vertical, pierced "rolled leaf" lug handles are attached on opposite sides. Pronounced broad, irregular crackle to the glaze. Stamped base.
    Round, brown-black lacquered wood lid, with loop handle. Accompanying boxes.
  • Marks

    Stamped base
  • Provenance

    Yamada Takeji, Kobe, Japan [1]
    To 1998
    Takashi Yanagi, Kyoto, to 1998
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Takashi Yanagi in1998
    [1] The object was included in an exhibition of Yamada Takeji's collection, held at the Osaka Municipal Art Museum, the Tokugawa Art Museum, and the Nezu Art Museum in 1967, and in a publication, Shoki Kyoyaki, later translated as Masahiko Sato, Arts of Japan 2, Kyoto Ceramics (N.Y., Tokyo: Weatherhill/Shibundo, 1973). See Curatorial Note 3, Louise Cort, 5 January 1998, in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Potter's Mark: Tea Ceramics and Their Makers (August 18, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
    Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei (March 19 to October 23, 2005)
    Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from the Japanese Religious Traditions (March 20 to July 18, 2004)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamada Takeji
    Takashi Yanagi
  • Origin

    Omuro kiln, Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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