Small jar, used in Japan as tea caddy

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 16th - 17th century
Stoneware with thin iron glaze; ivory lid
H x W: 6.9 x 7.3 cm (2 11/16 x 2 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea caddy (karamono chaire)

China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, tea

To 1905
Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1906), Washington, DC, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Waggaman Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, January 25-February 3, 1905, no. 1901 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1358, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also see Curatorial Remark 9, Louise Cort, June 17, 2008, in the object record.

[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)

Thomas E. Waggaman 1839 - 1906
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883


This lightweight jar probably once held medicine or another precious substance. It bears a thin iron glaze typical of utilitarian wares made at kilns in southern China.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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