Tea bowl with indented rim, Hagi ware

Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 17th century
Stoneware with white slip under wood-ash glaze
Hagi ware
H x Diam: 9 x 14.7 cm (3 9/16 x 5 13/16 in)
Japan, Yamaguchi prefecture, Hagi, Matsumoto kilns
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. 561, 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


Hagi tea bowls of the mid-seventeenth century, like this one, embody popular tea-bowl shapes of the day—a hybrid blend of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese influences. Thin white slip beneath unevenly applied ash glaze creates a moody atmosphere that Japanese connoisseurs appreciated.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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