Tea bowl in the shape of an Ido tea bowl, Hagi ware

Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 18th-mid 19th century
Stoneware with ash glaze
Hagi ware
H x Diam: 8.2 x 15.4 cm (3 1/4 x 6 1/16 in)
Japan, Yamaguchi 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

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Hagi ware, Japan, stoneware, tea

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 539, 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)

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


Later potters working at the Hagi kilns consciously produced replicas of classic Korean tea-bowl shapes. This bowl echoes the shape of the so-called Ido tea bowl that was made at provincial Korean kilns in the sixteenth century. Frequent use of this bowl for making tea caused the color of the clay body to change--a phenomenon connoisseurs welcomed.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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