Tea bowl in style of Hon’ami Koetsu, unknown Raku ware workshop

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th century
Raku ware clay with red slip under colorless glaze
Raku ware, unknown workshop
H x W: 10.3 x 11 cm (4 1/16 x 4 5/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto
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), Japan, 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. 445, 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 Kyoto calligrapher, connoisseur, and sword polisher Koetsu (1558-1637) created large, irregular tea bowls whose appealing forms inspired countless later copies. As Koetsu himself had done, the person who made this bowl probably collaborated with a professional Raku-ware workshop to have the bowl glazed and fired.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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