Incense box with design of geese and full moon

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Gray-white clay; iron pigment under ash glaze on lid, rest of vessel unglazed
  • Dimension

    H x W: 1.8 x 8.5 cm (11/16 x 3 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    False signature of Hon'ami Koetsu 本阿弥光悦 (1558-1637)
    False signature of Hon'ami Koho (1601-1682)
  • Description

    Padded silk filler. Lid and base broken and repaired.
    Clay: soft, gray-white, reddish-brown on surface, with stone inclusions. Shigaraki-type stoneware.
    Glaze: thin, yellow. Ash glaze on lid, front and back, and in bottom of container.
    Decoration: in red-brown, under glaze; three flying geese (silhouetted against the full moon).
    Mark on the back of lid, and inscription on the base.
  • Marks

    Mark: on back of lid, "painted by Koetsu" (Koetsu ga), written in iron pigment under glaze.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscription: on base, incised, "Takagamine resident Kuchu" (Takagamine shu Kuchu).
  • Provenance

    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]
    To 1900
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [2]
    From 1900 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 792, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] 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
  • Exhibition History

    Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons in Japanese Art (September 14, 1977 to April 8, 1978)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900)
    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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