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Satsuma ware tea-ceremony water jar in the shape of a well curb

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1880-1890
White stoneware with enamels over clear glaze; wood, metal, and lacquer lid
Satsuma ware, Nishiki type
H x W x D: 17.9 x 17.3 x 17.4 cm (7 1/16 x 6 13/16 x 6 7/8 in)
Japan, Kagoshima prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
In the tea ceremony, the water jar holds cold water used to replenish the kettle as boiling water is ladled out to make bowls of tea. Tea practitioners paid special attention to certain famous wells as sources of delicious water-a key element in Japanese gardens. This jar's form represents the wooden curb surrounding such a well. Chrysanthemums rendered in pale colors and gold suggest a private garden setting enclosing the well and also indicate the season.
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
bird, crab, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), peony, Satsuma ware, Nishiki type, stoneware, tea, water
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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