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

Artist: Sen Kenso Jikisai Soshu (1725-1782, 7th generation iemoto of Mushanokoji Senke)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid-late 18th century
Earthenware with red iron slip under clear lead-silicate glaze (Red Raku glaze)
Raku ware
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)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Koichi Yanagi and Yuko Hosomi
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

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

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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