Figure of Kyogen performer in role of Sambaso

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Rakurakuen kiln, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with wood-ash, iron, and clear glazes
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 46.5 x 28.3 x 28.3 cm (18 5/16 x 11 1/8 x 11 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Buff clay. Hand formed, hollow.
    Incised and stamped designs on costume. Square seal "Rakurakuen-sei" (product of Rakurakuen) impressed near hem of garment, on proper right side of figure.
    Yellow ash glaze on garment and feet; bluish clear glaze on face; iron glaze on cap and in pupils of eyes.
  • Marks

    Square seal "Rakurakuen-sei" (product of Rakurakuen) impressed near hem of garment, on proper right side of figure.
  • Provenance

    Collection of Ninagawa Noritane (1835-1882), Kyoto [1]
    To 1901
    Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), Paris to 1901 [2]
    From 1901 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Siegfried Bing, Paris in 1901 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 957, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [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

    Japanese Ceramics from Seto and Mino (January 19, 1996 to August 5, 2001)
    Garden Potteries and Official Kilns: Clan-Sponsored Ceramics in the Edo Period (January 16, 1986 to November 3, 1986)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 5 (February 25, 1956 to March 15, 1957)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art, 1955 (October 25, 1955 to November 22, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Screens (October 3, 1947 to November 10, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art (October 3, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ninagawa Noritane (1835-1882)
    Siegfried Bing (1838-1905) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Rakurakuen kiln, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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