Tea ceremony water jar with matching cover

Artist: False mark of Nonomura Ninsei (active ca. 1646-77)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Stoneware with enamels over clear glaze
Kyoto ware
H x W: 12.1 x 19.3 cm (4 3/4 x 7 5/8 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 ceremony water jar (mizusashi)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Kyoto ware, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), quail, stoneware, tea, water

To 1899
A Steya at Zenkogi (Zenkoji), Japan, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from S. Eida in 1899 [2]

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


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 7, Louise Cort, January 15, 2010, in the object record: "'Zen Kogi' is probably a mistaken writing of Zenkoji, the important temple in Nagano prefecture." See Accession List, Collections Management office. See also, Original Pottery List, L. 274, 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

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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