Tea bowl

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1650-1750
Stoneware with white and black slips under clear glaze
Yatsushiro ware
H x W: 10.1 x 9.8 cm (4 x 3 7/8 in)
Japan, Kumamoto prefecture, Yatsushiro
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl (tsutsujawan)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, stoneware, tea, Yatsushiro ware

To 1900
Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto, to 1900 [1]

To 1906
S. Ikeda, Tokyo, to 1906 [2]

From 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from S. Ikeda in 1906 [3]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1458, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1. It is probable that S. Ikeda refers to Ikeda Sei’emon (or Seisuke II), the eldest son of the well-known Japanese dealer and collector Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900). Ikeda Sei’emon maintained shops in Tokyo and Kyoto under the trade name S. Ikeda & Co. After the death of his father, Ikeda Sei’emon sold a number of objects from his father's collection (Ikeda Collection).

[3] See notes 1 and 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)

S. Ikeda (C.L. Freer source)
Ikeda Seisuke 1839 - 1900
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919


A certain type of Joseon period tea bowl continued the auspicious motifs, known on slip-inlaid Goryeo celadon, of cranes and clouds. Japanese tea men called such bowls Unkaku. This bowl has been said by some scholars to be Korean, but stylizations in the shapes of body and foot, the thoughtful placement of the stamped motifs, and the fine-grained dark clay all suggest a product of the Yatsushiro kilns In Japan.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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