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Incense box in the shape of a tanuki

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Earthenware with lead-silicate glaze; gold lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x W: 6.6 x 5.1 cm (2 5/8 x 2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Incense box in shape of seated tanuki with arms extended over paunch. Gold lacquer repairs.
    Clay: soft, reddish-brown. Raku type.
    Glaze: dark red-brown and black. Metallic iridescence. Raku-type lead glaze.
    Mark, incised on base.
  • Marks

    1. Mark, incised on base. Further scrutiny of the mark suggests that the bottom-most character of the inscription is not the (hi) [Jap] of Ohi [Jap] but (tsukuru) [Jap], "made by," and that it is followed by an impressed oval seal. The uppermost character also seems to contain the radical 162, [Jap].
  • Provenance

    To 1899
    Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1899 [1]
    From 1899 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1899 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 278, 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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