Jar with design of fence and grasses, Karatsu ware, E-Karatsu type

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1596-1615
Stoneware with iron pigment under ash glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Karatsu ware, E-Karatsu type
H x Diam: 13.3 × 15.6 cm (5 1/4 × 6 1/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Jar or tea-ceremony water jar (mizusashi)

Japan, Karatsu ware, E-karatsu type, lacquer repair, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware

To 1898
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1898 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 196, 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)

Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) 1840-1918
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


This jar represents the earliest type of iron-decorated stoneware made at the Karatsu kilns. Immigrant Korean potters, who set up these kilns, introduced both vessel forms and simple decoration associated with utilitarian wares made at provincial Korean kilns. Small storage vessels like this one, supplied with lacquered lids, were used as tea utensils.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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