S. Yabumoto Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from S. Yabumoto Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
S. Yabumoto Co., Ltd.
Light buff clay. Four small lug-shaped feet on base. Underglaze iron painted decoration of blossoming plum branches and various geometric motifs. Clear glaze and copper-tinted green ash glaze, applied separately; base unglazed except at edges; inside unglazed. Ink inscriptions on base and underside of lid.
Written in ink on the base of this ewer and on the unglazed bottom of the lid are inscriptions that seem to be owners' marks.
This ewer would have been used to refill the fresh-water jar midway during a tea ceremony. The patchwork of decorative motifs derives from contemporary tsujigahana textile design, which combined tie-dyed areas of color with hand-drawn motifs on the white ground.
Oribe ware is distinguished by the use of a glaze tinted green with copper oxide fired in oxidation. The glaze sometimes was used as an overall coating for vessels but more typically was applied in carefully calculated patches to contrast with areas of pictorial or geometric decoration painted with iron pigment under clear glaze. Oribe ware became a staple of the Mino kilns from circa 1600, with the startup of the first new type of multi-chambered climbing kiln to be built in Mino at Motoyashiki. This ewer may have been made at the Kamagane kiln, which operated circa 1610-1635.
- Published References
- Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 51.
- Japan Ceramics Society. Oribe. Exh. cat. Tokyo, 5-17 May 1967. unnumbered.
- Louise Allison Cort. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice. London and New York. fig. 3.15.
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 123, vol. 2: p. 183.
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 37, p. 110.
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- Japanese Art
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