Kyoto ware rice container also used as tea-ceremony water jar

Historical period(s)
Edo period, second half of 18th century
Stoneware with enamels over translucent glaze; silver enamel on interior
Kyoto ware, Ko-Kiyomizu style
H x W x D: 16 x 19 x 19 cm (6 5/16 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Rice container (hanki) or water jar (mizusashi)

chrysanthemum, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, Kyoto ware, peony, rice, stoneware, tea, WWII-era provenance

To ?
Yamada Takeji, Japan. [1]

To 1973
Takashi Yanagi, Kyoto, Japan. [2]

From 1973
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Takashi Yanagi, Kyoto, Japan. [3]


[1] Curatorial Remark 13 in the object record. According to Louise Cort’s January 1998 statement: “This water jar formerly belonged to the collection of Yamada Takeji, a Kobe collector and industrialist (involved with iron) who died some twenty years ago. He was a friend of the collectors who formed small private museums in the Kobe/Ashiya area”…

[2] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamada Takeji
Takashi Yanagi


A lavish design of peony flowers in full bloom decorates this container intended for serving rice. The peony motif, conveying notions of wealth and nobility, made this vessel ideal for celebratory occasions.

Another container of identical form, made at the same Kyoto workshop, is stored in an old wooden box whose inscription indicates that the container was used by a member of the imperial family. That container is now in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Published References
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho (Japanese Art : Selections from Western Collections). 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. pl. 86.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 59.
  • Nihon no toji. 14 vols., , Genshoku aizohan. Tokyo. pl. 25.
  • Sato Masahiko. Kyoto Ceramics. Arts of Japan, no. 2, 1st edition. New York and Tokyo. pp. 63, 66, pl. 44.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 84.
  • Constance Bond. Daimyo's Choice at the Freer. Washington, April 1986. p. 162.
  • Richard L. Wilson. Iidamachi iseki. Tokyo. p. 560, fig. 12.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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