Tea bowl with design of mountain retreat
- Tea bowl
- Artist: Ogata Ihachi (Kyoto Kenzan II) (active 1720-1760)
- Historical period(s)
- Edo period, mid 18th century
- Stoneware with white slip, iron and cobalt pigments under clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs
- 7.3 x 10.0 cm
- Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- The poem reads: "In tranquility, the universe is great." The conflation of a vast entity with a small bounded space is a common theme in Zen poetry, and ultimately derives from the early and influential Daoist test Zhuangzi (ca. 3d century B.C.E.) A ceramic prototype with this expression can be seen in kosometsuke, the late-Ming cobalt-decorated porcelains imported into Japan in the early-Edo period. Here, since half the poem is on the outside and half on the inside, the full measure of the verseand its relation to the enclosed space of the vessel, which "becomes" the universe in metaphoris revealed either through drinking or otherwise handling the bowl. Serious poetic appreciation thus merges into mischievous "parlor" humor, with parallels in painted sake cups that reveal comical faces or other figures as they are tipped.
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1896 
From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1896 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 481, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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
- C.L. Freer source: Yamanaka and Co.
- On View Location
- Freer, Gallery 06A: Tea Ceramics after Koetsu
- Collection(s) Area
- Japanese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum