Tea bowl with designs of pine boughs and interlocking circles, unknown Raku ware workshop

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th-19th century
Raku-type earthenware with Black Raku glaze
Raku ware, unknown workshop
H x Diam: 7.8 × 13.5 cm (3 1/16 × 5 5/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, pine tree, Raku ware, tea

To 1898
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1898 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 434, 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
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940


The subtle design on this bowl was incised through the unfired glaze, rather than painted. The painting mode of Ogata Korin (1658–1716) inspired the simplified rendering of the rounded clusters of pine needles.

Published References
  • Okakura Kakuzo Introduction by Bruce Richardson. The Book of Tea. Perryville, Kentucky. p. 28.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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