Karatsu ware tea-leaf storage jar with five loop lugs

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1630-1660
Stoneware with copper-tinted rice-straw-ash glaze and feldspathic glaze
Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type
H x Diam: 25.4 x 21.4 cm (10 x 8 7/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Takeo, Kotaji, Shirokibaru no. 2 kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type, stoneware, tea

To 1899
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1899 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 24, 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

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. A Chinese Green Jar in Japan: Source of a New Color Aesthetic in the Momoyama Period. no. 30, 2009. fig. 3.
  • G. St. G.M. Gompertz. Korean Pottery and Porcelain of the Yi Period. London and New York. pp. 71-72.
  • Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 19 vols., Tokyo, 1976-1982. pp. 245-46, nos. 7-14.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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