Tamba ware storage jar with matching lid

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze, and brown glaze
Style
Tamba ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 26.9 × 20 cm (10 9/16 × 7 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Hyogo prefecture, Tachikui kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1907.79a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, stoneware, Tamba ware, white slip
Provenance

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1556, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Covered jars like this one, in a range of sizes, were made in large quantities in Tachikui and were used to store salt and condiments in the kitchen. Under a coating of colorless glaze, white slip (liquid clay) conceals the dark clay. Brown glaze on the interior, visible around the lip, sealed the jar against leakage.

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