string(21) "edanmdm:fsg_F1902.181" Figure of elderly person in tattered kimono leaning on staff, possibly Sotoba Komachi - National Museum of Asian Art

Figure of elderly person in tattered kimono leaning on staff, possibly Sotoba Komachi

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron decoration under clear glaze; areas of iron wash
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 18.5 x 13.5 x 11.4 cm (7 5/16 x 5 5/16 x 4 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Figure in tattered kimono leaning over a tub holding a staff and a drawstring bag.
    Clay: hard, resonant, buff.
    Glaze: brilliant brownish-gray, with underglaze iron details; brown crackle. Flesh parts in thin red wash, hair in dark iron wash.
  • Provenance

    To 1899
    James Lord Bowes (1834-1899), England, to 1899 [1]
    Sale of the James Lord Bowes Collection, Liverpool, England, May 6, 1901 [2]
    To 1902
    James Tregaskis, London, to 1902 [3]
    From 1902 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from James Tregaskis in 1902 [4]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]
    [1] The collection of James Lord Bowes (1834-1899) was auctioned in Liverpool on May 6, 1901, and the catalogue is in the Freer Library [SI 3026] (see Curatorial Remark 5, Louise A. Cort, 1986, in the object record).
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Original Pottery List, L. 1162, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [4] See note 2.
    [5] 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

    James Lord Bowes (1834-1899)
    James Tregaskis (1850-1926) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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