Tea ceremony water jar, Takatori ware

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1630-1665
Stoneware with iron glaze
Takatori ware
H x W x D: 13.7 x 22.9 x 16.1 cm (5 3/8 x 9 x 6 5/16 in)
Japan, Fukuoka prefecture, Shirahatayama kiln
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)

brown and black glaze, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, stoneware, Takatori ware, tea, water

To 1900
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1900 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 840, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965


The potter who made this jar pressed a wheel-thrown cylinder into a diamond shape and wiped away portions of the glaze to reduce its glossiness. The jar's serene shape and amber-toned glaze are typical of tea ceramics made at the Shirahatayama kiln. Its wares are thought to reflect the taste and guidance of the tea master Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), whose preference for classic forms and quiet glazes had a far-reaching impact on Japanese ceramics in the 1630s and 1640s.

Published References
  • Andrew Maske. Potters and Patrons in Edo Period Japan: Takatori Ware and the Kuroda Domain. Farnham, Surry, UK and Burlington, Vermont. pl. 13.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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