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Seto ware "white-necked" sake bottle with pouring spout

Sake bottle (tokkuri)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 1850-1890
Stoneware with iron and rice-straw-ash glazes
Probably Seto ware
H x W x D: 25.2 x 9.7 x 9.7 cm (9 15/16 x 3 13/16 x 3 13/16 in)
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto, Shinano village
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Light gray clay. Incised vertical lines on neck.
Iron glaze, shiny and black where thick, translucent brown where thin; opaque white rice-straw ash (unofu) glaze on neck, running down shoulder. Four spur marks (from clay wads) on glazed slightly concave base.

To 1894
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1894 [1]

From 1894 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1894 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 142, 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
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) (1840 - 1918)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), sake, Seto ware, stoneware, wine
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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