Tea bowl

Tea bowl with designs of hawk in pine tree and pair of Chinese scholars.

Clay: buff pottery, darkened on surface by use.

Glaze: clear, appearing buff over clay body, fine even crackle; ending evenly on base above foot.

Decoration: comma-shape trimmed inside straight-sided footrim. In blue-gray underglaze cobalt line and wash; on one side, section of pine trunk with hawk on branch; on opposite side, pair of elderly Chinese scholars seated face-to-face; both motifs in style of the Kano school.

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Maker(s)
Artist: Morita Uruo Mitsunaga (d. 1914)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1868-1912
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt decoration under clear glaze
Style
Odo ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.3 x 11.3 x 11.3 cm (2 7/8 x 4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kochi prefecture, Kochi
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1989.67
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
hawk, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Odo ware, pine tree, scholar, stoneware, tea
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Tea bowl with designs of hawk in pine tree and pair of Chinese scholars.

Clay: buff pottery, darkened on surface by use.

Glaze: clear, appearing buff over clay body, fine even crackle; ending evenly on base above foot.

Decoration: comma-shape trimmed inside straight-sided footrim. In blue-gray underglaze cobalt line and wash; on one side, section of pine trunk with hawk on branch; on opposite side, pair of elderly Chinese scholars seated face-to-face; both motifs in style of the Kano school.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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