Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1901 
From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in Boston in 1901 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Pottery List, L. 1010, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940
The Koto official kiln operated for the Ii domain of Hikone, near Kyoto, only from 1842-1862. Staffed by potters from Seto, Kutani and Kyoto, it specialized in porcelain. Although executed in porcelain, this bowl has been coated with thick white slip to replicate the appearance of certain Korean tea bowls. The sixteenth lord of the domain, Naosuke, was a noted tea master, and records document his frequent use of new Koto tea wares in ceremonies conducted in Hikone Castle.
The yuzuriha (Daphniphillum macropodum) is an auspicious plant conveying the hope that the father will not pass away before this son has become an adult able to succeed (yuzuru) him. It is incorporated into New Year decorations for the household doorway.
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- Japanese Art
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