Water jar in style of Chinese bronze fitting

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Bronze with artificial patina; lacquered wooden lid
H x W: 16.7 x 13.7 cm (6 9/16 x 5 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)

casting, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), tea, water

Mr. Uyeno, Osaka [1]

To 1904
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1904 [2]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in December 1904 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] See Curatorial Remark 11, Louise Cort, March 4, 2011, in the object record.

[2] Undated folder sheet note. Also see, S. I. 2, pg. 16, Original Bronze List, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Mr. Uyeno
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965


This vessel, which seems to be a Japanese invention for the tea ceremony, is modeled on utilitarian bronze objects of China's Zhou dynasty (1050–221 B.C.E.). The molded design motifs and artificial patina reflect knowledge of Chinese antique bronzes.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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