Tea bowl, style of Hon’ami Koetsu, unknown Raku-ware workshop

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Earthenware with translucent amber and white glazes
Raku ware, unknown workshop
H x Diam: 9.5 × 13.9 cm (3 3/4 × 5 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Raku ware, tea
Provenance research underway.

This copy is much larger than the original bowl, suggesting that the copy was based on a drawing or a written description. Curiously, the firing crack in the wall (a common problem with Raku ware) was never repaired. Perhaps this bowl was made for the export market and therefore is more properly characterized as a fake than as a copy.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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