Small jar used as tea caddy, named “Mizai”

Small jar with sharply angled shoulder, untrimmed base with string-cutting scar.
Clay: stoneware
Glaze: iron-rich ash-based glaze,
Decoration: seven clay bosses (ruiza) on shoulder.

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, 1400-1450
Medium
Stoneware with brown glaze; ivory lid
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x Diam (a - vessel): 7.3 × 8.8 cm (2 7/8 × 3 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto
Credit Line
Gift of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1998.16a-j
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (chaire) with accessories

Keywords
Japan, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), Seto ware, stoneware, tea, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1981
Sen Soshitsu Hounsai, fifteenth iemoto of Urasenke, to 1981 [1]

From 1981 to 1998
Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, New York, given by Sen Soshitsu Hounsai in 1981 [2]

From 1998
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Peggy and Richard M. Danziger in 1998

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 2, Louise Cort, May 5, 1998, in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
Sen Soshitsu Hounsai (15th iemoto of Urasenke)

Description

Small jar with sharply angled shoulder, untrimmed base with string-cutting scar.
Clay: stoneware
Glaze: iron-rich ash-based glaze,
Decoration: seven clay bosses (ruiza) on shoulder.

Inscription(s)

On box lid (F1998.16g) (back): "Seto ruiza chaire/mei mizai/Konnichi [kao] (Sen Soshitsu XV)

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 296-297.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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