Kyoto ware individual serving bowl in shape of sedge hat, with mark "Kiyomizu"
- Individual serving bowl (mukozuke)
- Historical period(s)
- Edo period, late 17th century
- Stoneware with iron pigment under translucent white glaze; gold lacquer repairs
- Kyoto ware
- 4.7 x 14.3 x 14.3 cm
- Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto, Kiyomizu kiln
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- This ceramic bowl takes the form of a common and inexpensive hat made of the marsh grass sedge. Cobalt lines suggest the hat's coarse woven texture. Such hats not only protected wearers from the sun but also disguised those who did not wish to be recognized, especially men on their way to the pleasure quarters. (Shops at the entrance to Kyoto's entertainment district sold hats specifically for that purpose.) In sophisticated Kyoto, a bowl of this shape would have lent an amusing note to a meal served in a tea house. Alternatively, if the bowl were used for a summer meal, the associations of shape and material might have been merely seasonal. Sets of bowls in this shape were enduringly popular in the repertory of Kyoto ceramics.
Rufus E. Moore, New York, NY, to 1897 
From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1897 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 388, 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.
- Previous Owners
- Rufus E. Moore
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Japanese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum