Small bowl, waster

Detail of a pattern
Image 1 of 2

Terms of Use

Usage Conditions Apply

At A Glance

  • Period

    17th century
  • Geography

    Sarukawa kiln site, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    W: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Small bowl, finely potted, fragment stuck to interior.
    Clay: porcelain.
    Glaze: clear.
    Decoration: (Interior): single line around the rim, double line around the center medaillon with character "fuku"? (luck). (Exterior): single line around the lip, two around the foot, character "kotobuki" (longevity) scattered in four places.
    Mark: sticker in interior.
    Contains inscription.
  • Marks

    Sticker inscribed "Sarukawa" in blue ink.
  • Inscriptions

    Character "kotobuki" (longevity) scattered in four places.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Origin

    Sarukawa kiln site, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Pope
  • Type

  • Restrictions and Rights

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The National Museum of Asian Art welcomes information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Keep Exploring