Iron kettle of Ashiya type, with design of pine trees and shells on a beach

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, ca. 1500
Cast iron and bronze
H x W: 23.5 x 33 cm (9 1/4 x 13 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel


Japan, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), pine tree
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Tomonari Suzuki. Chanoyugama [A Japanese Tea Kettle]. no. 89 Tokyo, October 1973. fig. 75.
  • Japan Cultural Properties Protection Commission. Art Treasures from Japan. Tokyo. pl. 80.
  • Hosomi Ryoichi. Chanoyu kama nyumon. Osaka. fig. 4.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 98, vol. 2: p. 180.
  • Christine Minter-Dowd. Finders' Guide to Decorative Arts in the Smithsonian Institution. Finders' Guide to Work in the Smithsonian Institution Washington, 1983-1984. p. 37.
  • Gotoh Museum of Art. Masterpieces of Ashiya Kettle. Exh. cat. Tokyo. p. 50.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 80.
  • Peoples and Places of the Past: The National Geographic Illustrated Cultural Atlas of the Ancient World. Washington. p. 319.
  • Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. pp. 356-57.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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