Asahi ware tea bowl, sugi shape

Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th century
Stoneware with ash glaze
Asahi ware
H x Diam: 9.5 × 13.7 cm (3 3/4 × 5 3/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Uji
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl (sugigata chawan)

Asahi ware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, stoneware, tea
Provenance research underway.

The impressed marks along the ornamental seam of this bowl imitate the strip of cherry bark that closes the seam on a bentwood vessel. Such utilitarian vessels were sometimes used as water containers in chanoyu. The bowl shown here was made at Asahi workshop, which has operated in the tea-growing center of Uji, south of Kyoto, since the early seventeenth century.

Published References
  • Untitled Article. vol. 11, Autumn 1987. p. 6.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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