Seto ware water jar with design of reeds and water

Buff clay. Iron-bearing slip coating upper surface of rim and used to paint three sprays of bamboo on body under glaze. Cream-colored feldspathic glaze, coarsely crackled, finger wiped and brushed decoratively. Foot rim and base unglazed. Seven spur marks (from clay wads) in bottom; six spur marks on base inside foot rim. Inscription, “uebito” (courtier) or “shonin” (high-ranking Buddhist priest), written in ink on base.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1868
Medium
Stoneware with iron pigment under Shino-type feldspathic glaze
Style
Seto ware, Revival Shino style
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23.6 x 27.2 x 27.2 cm (9 5/16 x 10 11/16 x 10 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto, Seto kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.480
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Water jar (mizuoke)

Keywords
Buddhism, Edo period (1615 - 1868), iron pigment, Japan, priest, Seto ware, stoneware
Provenance

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]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 38, 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

Description

Buff clay. Iron-bearing slip coating upper surface of rim and used to paint three sprays of bamboo on body under glaze. Cream-colored feldspathic glaze, coarsely crackled, finger wiped and brushed decoratively. Foot rim and base unglazed. Seven spur marks (from clay wads) in bottom; six spur marks on base inside foot rim. Inscription, "uebito" (courtier) or "shonin" (high-ranking Buddhist priest), written in ink on base.

Inscription(s)

Inscription, "uebito" (courtier) or "shonin" (high-ranking Buddhist priest), written in ink on base. The ink inscription can be read in two ways, but either reading suggests that the vessel was reserved for special use.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 199, no. 110.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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