Tea ceremony water jar

Buff clay; some bloating in bottom. Two strap handles with incised vertical lines and appliqued studs. Three stump feet. Designs of cloud collars on neck, chevrons on body, incised with broad-edged blade. Ash glaze, crackled, greenish where thick; applied in two coats on outside, one coat on inside, wiped off flange and base; irregular trickles of brown iron glaze from rim between handles; six round spur marks in glaze of recessed rim; three small spur marks in bottom.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1615-1630
Medium
Stoneware with ash and iron glazes
Style
Mino ware, Ofuke type
Dimensions
H x Diam: 18.4 × 18.6 cm (7 1/4 × 7 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Mino kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1893.3a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Mino ware, Ofuke type, stoneware, tea, water
Provenance

To 1893
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1893 [1]

From 1893 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi, New York in 1893 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 128, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Takayanagi Tozo (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Buff clay; some bloating in bottom. Two strap handles with incised vertical lines and appliqued studs. Three stump feet. Designs of cloud collars on neck, chevrons on body, incised with broad-edged blade. Ash glaze, crackled, greenish where thick; applied in two coats on outside, one coat on inside, wiped off flange and base; irregular trickles of brown iron glaze from rim between handles; six round spur marks in glaze of recessed rim; three small spur marks in bottom.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 67, p. 37.
  • Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America. no. 39 Lexington, Massachusetts, 2018. p. 138, fig. 8.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
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