Tea ceremony water jar with design of pine and plum trees

Tea-cermony water jar with matching lid (tomobuta mizusashi [Jpn]) Lid apparently added later.
Clay: dense, coarse, gray-white, with stone inclusions: Shigaraki type stoneware.
Glaze: Natural ash glaze on one side, opposite decoration; uneven gray lead glaze applied overall, inside and out. Pine and plum trees, in white slip under gray glaze.
Mark: Kuchu, written in black pigment under the glaze on the base.

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Maker(s)
Artist: False signature of Hon'ami Koho (1601-1682)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under lead glaze and natural wood-ash glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 18 × 19.4 cm (7 1/16 × 7 5/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1901.3a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea ceremony water jar (tomobuta mizusashi)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), pine tree, plum blossom, stoneware, tea, water, white slip, wood-ash glaze
Provenance

To 1901
Kano Oshima, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kano Oshima in 1901 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 851, 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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Kano Oshima (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Tea-cermony water jar with matching lid (tomobuta mizusashi [Jpn]) Lid apparently added later.
Clay: dense, coarse, gray-white, with stone inclusions: Shigaraki type stoneware.
Glaze: Natural ash glaze on one side, opposite decoration; uneven gray lead glaze applied overall, inside and out. Pine and plum trees, in white slip under gray glaze.
Mark: Kuchu, written in black pigment under the glaze on the base.

Marking(s)

Mark: Kuchu, written in black pigment under the glaze on the base.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
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