Tea-leaf storage jar, named Chigusa

Historical period(s)
Southern Song or Yuan dynasty, mid 13th-mid 14th century
Stoneware with iron glaze
H x Diam (vessel): 41.6 x 36.6 cm (16 3/8 x 14 7/16 in) Diam (vessel mouth): 12.9 cm (5 1/16 in) Diam (vessel foot): 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in)
China, Guangdong province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)

brown and black glaze, China, Japan, Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), stoneware, tea, tea ceremony, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Picturing Commerce in and from the East Asian Maritime Circuits, 1550-1800. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Plate 1.
  • Kanai Miki. Mi ni ikubeki, kaigai ni watatta Nihon bijutsu best 5 [Best must go-to-see Japanese art that went overseas]. No. 1005, vol. 66, June 2014. .
  • Title unknown. no. 34, 2013. .
  • Christine M. Guth. Art, Tea, and Industry: Masuda Takashi and the Mitsui Circle. Princeton. .
  • Kyoto National Museum. Sen no Rikyu ten (Sen no Rikyu): Tokubetsu tenrankai 400-nenki [The 400th Memorial: Special Exhibition]. Exh. cat. Kyoto, March 27 - May 6, 1990. pl. 77.
  • Ryuei ondogu yosecho [Catalogue of Tea Utensils in the Collection of the Tokugawa shogunate]. .
  • Fujita Danshakuke Zohin Nyusatsu Mokuroku [Auction Catalogue of the Collection of Baron Fujita]. Osaka. pl. 166.
  • Kansei choshu shokefu [Public Record of Families in the Kansei Era (1789-1801)]. vol. 469, . .
  • Zuihitsu bungaku senshu [Collected Miscellanies and Literary Writings]. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 11: p. 32.
  • Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. Joken'in dono onjikki [Public Record of Joken'in]., 6th month, 1st day. .
  • Yamanoue Soji. Yamanoue no Soji ki [Notes of Yamanoue Soji]. .
  • Kamiya Sotan. Sotan nikki [Diary of Tea Gatherings of Sotan]., Tensho 15 (1587), 1st month, 6th day. .
  • Matsuya Hisayoshi. Hisayoshi chakaiki [Record of Tea Gatherings of Hisayoshi]., Tensho 14 (1586), fourth month, 25th day. .
  • Imai Sokyu. Imai sokyu chanoyu kakinuki [A Record of Tea Gathering of Imai Sokyu]., Tensho 3 (1575), 1st month, 27th day. .
  • Around Chigusa: Tea and The Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan. Princeton, New Jersey. pp. 16, 24, 41, 159, 160, 162, 175, figs. 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 15.
  • Gotoh Museum of Art. Yamanoue no Soji Ki : Tensho juyonnen no me [Yamanoue Soji's Notes : On the Proper Use of Fine Tea Utensils: Catalog of the 35th Anniversary Exhibition of the Goto Bijutsukan]. Exh. cat. Tokyo, October 28 - November 26, 1995. p. 17, pl. 5, 5-2.
  • Yamanoue no Soji Ki: tsuketari Chawa shigetsushu. Iwanami bunko, 33-051-1 Tokyo. p. 27.
  • Tadachika Kuwata. Sotan nikki : kamiya sotan no cha seikatsu [Diary of Tea Gatherings of Sotan: Kamiya Sotan's Tea Life]. Kyoto. p. 28.
  • Hotei Ryuei gomotsushu [Revised Version of the List of the Collection of Tokugawa shogunate]. p. 48.
  • , Tadachika Kuwata, Koshiro Haga. Sado Koten Zenshu [Collection of Classical References about Tea Practice]. 12 vols., Kyoto. pp. 60, 167.
  • Yamanoue no Soji kenkyu 1 [Study of Yamanoue Soji's Notes]. Tokyo. pp. 65, 71, 106, pl. 3.
  • Sado kobijutsu zocho shisei jokan [Collection of Antique Art for Tea Practice from Famous Collections]. Tokyo. p. 75.
  • Alan Scott Pate. Kanban: Traditional Shop Signs from Japan. Exh. cat. San Diego, California. p. 121, fig. 51.
  • Yoshinobu Tokugawa. Chatsubo [Tea Jars]. 2 vols., Kyoto. pp. 144, 240-41.
  • Sen no Rikyu no shokan [Letters of Sen no Rikyu]. Tokyo. cat. 109, pp. 261-262.
  • Kokushi Taikei #43: Tokugawa jikki dairoppen [Collection of National Historical Documents: Public Record of the Tokugawa Shogunate, vol. 6]. Tokyo. p. 621.
  • Tatsusaburo Hayashiya. Kadokawa chado daijiten fukyuban [Kadokawa Encyclopedia of Tea Practice]. 2 vols., , popular edition. Tokyo, 1990 and 2002. p. 861.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
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