Gorohachi or bote-bote tea bowl

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Stoneware with white and copper-green-tinted rice-straw-ash glazes
Ushinoto or Fujina ware
H x Diam: 8.7 × 14 cm (3 7/16 × 5 1/2 in)
Japan, Tottori prefecture or Shimane 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 (botebotejawan)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Fujina ware, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), stoneware, tea, Ushinoto ware

Japanese Trading Company, 1898 [1]

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

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 359, 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)

Japanese Trading Company (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Kilns along Japan's northern coast made special oversized bowls for a regional manner of tea preparation called bote-bote tea. Rice, beans, or pickles were added to the whisked tea to make a nourishing refreshment. Known as bote-bote or gorohachi bowls, they were also used for drinking sake or water.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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