Tea bowl with design of cranes and maple leaves

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1620-1700
Stoneware with white slip inlay under clear glaze
Agano or Takatori ware
H x Diam: 7.5 x 13.9 cm (2 15/16 x 5 1/2 in)
Japan, Fukuoka prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

Agano ware, crane, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, maple tree, stoneware, Takatori ware, tea

To 1901
R. Wagner, Berlin, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from R. Wagner in 1901 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 874, 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) and Custodian(s)

R. Wagner (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Many dark-bodied Karatsu wares perpetuated a Korean technique of decoration that involved stamping or incising motifs into the clay and inlaying them with white slip (liquid clay).  Spare, asymmetrical designs, including the cranes and scattered maple leaves on this bowl, drew from Japanese pictorial sources, such as the decorated paper used for calligraphy handscrolls.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 25.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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