Vase with design of dragons chasing flaming jewel

Detail of a pattern
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  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Tsuboya kilns, Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 27 × 13.9 cm (10 5/8 × 5 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Cylindrical vase.
    Clay: hard, dense, gray.
    Glaze: clear glaze, slightly yellowish over white slip on exterior. Glaze alone on interior.
    Decoration: incised through slip into body. Accented with pale, blue-gray cobalt. Pair of dragons, flaming jewel, auspicious clouds.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Yamanaka & Company, New York, method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Charles Lang Freer, purchased from Yamanaka & Company [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer [3]
    [1] See invoice from Yamanaka & Co., New York to Mr. Chars. L. Freer, March 6, 1899. The work is identified as "B 6083: 1 Satsuma Vase, gray & pale blue dragon & clouds." Copy in object file.
    [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.
    Research completed November 18, 2022.
  • Origin

    Tsuboya kilns, Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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