Jar with four lugs
- Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)
- Historical period(s)
- Yuan or Ming dynasty, 14th-mid 15th century
- Stoneware with iron glaze
- 37.3 x 35.1 cm
- China, probably Guangdong province
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- Beginning in the ninth century, China sent large numbers of storage jars to destinations along trading routes to Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The jars were made at kilns in the coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian, or Guangdong, close to major port cities. Presumably most jars served as containers for commercial goods. Even after the Chinese jars were empty, they were highly valued. The uses to which they were put depended on the culture that received them. This jar reached Japan, where Chinese jars stored tea leaves used in the Japanese tea ceremony, chanoyu.
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1900 
From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Yamanaka & Company in December 1900 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Object file.
 Curatorial Remarks, from an exhibition label, September 1983: Freer received this jar as a gift for Christmas, 1900, from the Japanese firm of Yamanaka and Company, one major source of the East Asian ceramics that he had collected over the preceding decade.
 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. , New York
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Chinese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum