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with lid: Tea-ceremony water jar (mizusashi) with design of plum branches, Karatsu ware

Tea-ceremony water jar (mizusashi) with design of plum branches, Karatsu ware

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1750-1850
Stoneware with iron pigment under transparent colorless glaze; lacquered wooden lid
Karatsu ware, Kenjo Karatsu type
H x W (overall): 15.4 x 18.2 cm (6 1/16 x 7 3/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Karatsu, Nakazato kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Water-jar, ovoid. Black lacquer cover.
Clay: dense, gray-white.
Glaze: brilliant cream, finely crackled in dark brown.
Decoration: in black, under glaze.

The motif of blossoming plum branches on this jar was executed by a painter trained in the style practiced by the Kano workshops of professional painters. Kilns sponsored by warrior domains to produce elite wares for use in obligatory gift exchanges favored the Kano-style designs. The iron pigment on pale clay evokes the Chinese-style ink painting on paper, a specialty of Kano artists.

To 1892
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1892 [1]

From 1892 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1892 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Takayanagi Tozo 高柳陶造 (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Karatsu ware, Kenjo Karatsu type, stoneware, tea, water
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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