Tea-leaf storage jar, named Chigusa

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 13th-mid 14th century
  • Geography

    Guangdong province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (vessel): 41.6 x 36.6 cm (16 3/8 x 14 7/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Jar, wheel-thrown and paddle-shaped. Four lugs applied to shoulder.
    Clay: stoneware, coarse-grained, reddish-brown on surface.
    Glaze: wood-ash glaze colored with iron-bearing clay, applied by pouring over inverted jar in overlapping pours; glaze has fired to variegated golden-brown tones with small white dots where glaze thins over small stones protruding from the body. Lower wall, base, and interior unglazed.
    Mark: ciphers written on base with brush and ink.
  • Marks

    Mark: ciphers attributed to Soami, Insetsu, and Ju no Soho, and name and cipher of Kondaya Tokurin, plus one unidentified mark, and auspicious character sho, written on base with brush and ink.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chigusa and the Art of Tea (February 22 to July 27, 2014)
    Chakai on the occasion of the inauguration of the Omotesenke Domo nkai (June 22, 2010)
    Kaikan sanjugoshunen kinen tokubetsuten--Yamanoue no Soji ki: Tensho juyonnen no me (Yamanoue Soji's Notes (On the proper use of fine tea utensils)) (October 28 to November 26, 1995)
    Tokubetsu tenrankai yonhyakunen ki--Sen no Rikyu ten (Special Exhibition-Sen no Rikyu: the 400th Memorial) (March 27 to May 6, 1990)
    Urasenke Konnichian and Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Chanoyu no bijutsuten—Rikyu to sono doto. (February 22 to March 5, 1985)
    Chakai on the occasion of the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the death of Tsuda Sogyu (1940)
  • Origin

    Guangdong province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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