Vase in the shape known as “traveler’s pillow”

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 17th century
Stoneware with clear colorless glaze and iron glaze; lacquer inscription
Shigaraki ware
H x Diam: 15 × 9.2 cm (5 15/16 × 3 5/8 in)
Japan, Shiga prefecture, Shigaraki
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Shigaraki ware, stoneware

Rufus E. Moore, 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1901 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, 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)

Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) 1840-1918
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


The Shigaraki kilns were known for storage jars made of unglazed reddish clay with a gritty texture. In the late sixteenth century Shigaraki potters began using this clay to make tea utensils. This cylindrical vase is a popular Shigaraki vase form known as "traveler's pillow." Its overall clear glaze and dabs of brown glaze suggests that it is a later work. It bears an inscription written in lacquer by a tea master giving the name "Jurojin's sleeve" to the vase.

Published References
  • Daniel Rhodes. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Arts and Crafts Series New York. pp. 144-145.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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