Red Raku tea bowl, named Asa Fuji (Morning Fuji)

Maker(s)
Artist: Sen Kenso Jikisai Soshu (1725-1782, 7th generation iemoto of Mushanokoji Senke)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid-late 18th century
Medium
Earthenware with red iron slip under clear lead-silicate glaze (Red Raku glaze)
Style
Raku ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 9.1 x 9.8 cm (3 9/16 x 3 7/8 in) Diam (foot): 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Koichi Yanagi and Yuko Hosomi
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2010.2a-j
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Raku ware, red slip, tea, tea ceremony, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Label

This bowl’s name evokes the first glimpse of the sacred peak of Mt. Fuji at dawn on the New Year. Its auspicious red color, however, suits it for use year-round. The bowl’s maker, Jikisai, was the seventh master of the Mushanokoji Senke school of tea. As an enthusiastic amateur potter, he also made numerous hand-formed tea bowls, which he had glazed and fired at the Raku workshop. This practice deepened his personal knowledge of a tea bowl’s desirable qualities.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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