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Seto ware water jar with design of reeds and water

Type
Water jar (mizuoke)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1868
Medium
Stoneware with iron pigment under Shino-type feldspathic glaze
Style
Seto ware, Revival Shino style
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 23.6 x 27.2 x 27.2 cm (9 5/16 x 10 11/16 x 10 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto, Seto kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.480
Description
Buff clay. Iron-bearing slip coating upper surface of rim and used to paint three sprays of bamboo on body under glaze. Cream-colored feldspathic glaze, coarsely crackled, finger wiped and brushed decoratively. Foot rim and base unglazed. Seven spur marks (from clay wads) in bottom; six spur marks on base inside foot rim. Inscription, "uebito" (courtier) or "shonin" (high-ranking Buddhist priest), written in ink on base.

Inscription, "uebito" (courtier) or "shonin" (high-ranking Buddhist priest), written in ink on base. The ink inscription can be read in two ways, but either reading suggests that the vessel was reserved for special use.

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 38, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
Buddhism, Edo period (1615 - 1868), iron pigment, Japan, priest, Seto ware, stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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