Triangular water jar

Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Raku Sonyu (1664-1716)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 18th century
Medium
Raku-type earthenware with Black Raku glaze
Style
Raku ware
Dimensions
H x W: 24.4 x 21.6 cm (9 5/8 x 8 1/2 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1901.114a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea ceremony water jar (tomobuta mizusashi)

Keywords
earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Raku ware, water
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Label

The inscription on the outside of the box lid attributes this water jar (mizusashi) to the fifth master of the Raku workshop, Sonyu (d. 1716).  The inscription on the inside of the lid, bearing a black "Raku" seal that resembles Sonyu's, gives the five-character phrase written in relief of the jar.  The famous phrase, derived from the "Analects" of Confucius, appears on the first clause of Prince Shotoku's Seventeen-Article Constitution, issued in A.D. 604: "Harmony is to be valued."  The ideal of harmony (wa) was emphasized by Edo-period tea-ceremony theory, in part under the influence of the revival of Confucian studies by the Tokugawa government.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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