Tamba ware storage jar with matching lid

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze, and brown glaze
Tamba ware
H x Diam: 26.9 × 20 cm (10 9/16 × 7 7/8 in)
Japan, Hyogo prefecture, Tachikui kilns
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, stoneware, Tamba ware, white slip
Provenance research underway.

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
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.