Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto 
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 
From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See Original Pottery List, L. 810, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 2.
 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)
Ikeda Seisuke 1839-1900
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940
Tea caddy in the shape of a rice bail (tawara). Mishima technique.
Clay: soft, grayish.
Glaze: bright, thin, bluish-gray.
Decoration: inlaid with white, under glaze.
This small jar was formed by hand in the rounded shape of a straw-wrapped bail of rice. The rice-bail shape originated in Korean ceramics as a bottle form. In this miniature version of that form, delicate impressed and incised patterns have been filled with liquid white clay (slip). A thick white glaze partially obscures the patterns. The lacquer lid seems patterned after Southeast Asian lacquer decoration from Thailand or Burma.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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