Tea bowl in mishima style, Karatsu ware

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1630-1650
Stoneware with white slip inlaid under clear glaze
Karatsu, Agano, or Takatori ware, Mishima type
H x Diam: 9.3 × 13.7 cm (3 11/16 × 5 3/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture or Fukuoka prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

Agano ware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Karatsu ware, stoneware, Takatori ware, tea, white slip

To 1897
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1897 [1]

From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1897 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 527, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965


Made at one of the kilns in southern Japan established by immigrant Korean potters, this bowl uses a Korean decorative technique of enduring popularity. Known in Japan as mishima, the decoration employs white clay solution (slip) brushed over stamped or incised motifs to create subtly irregular patterns. The vessel is then coated with clear glaze, through which the patterns may be seen.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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