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Seto ware serving bowl or tea-ceremony wastewater bowl

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1830
Stoneware with ash glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Seto ware
H x W x D: 9.7 x 15.8 x 15.8 cm (3 13/16 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in)
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Light gray clay. Lappet motif stamped irregularly around outside of rim. Yellow ash glaze, olive-green where thick, stained brown in crackle. Glaze inside foot. Three large spur marks on unglazed foot rim. Large crescent-shaped crack in base. Gold lacquer repairs to lip and vertical cracks in walls.

To 1897
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1897 [1]

From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1897 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 451, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, lacquer repair, Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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