Square dish with design of Eight Bridges

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Buff clay with iron pigment under transparent lead glaze; gold lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 2.9 x 22 x 21.9 cm (1 1/8 x 8 11/16 x 8 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Possibly Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) (potter)
    Possibly Ogata Korin 尾形光琳 (1658-1716) (decorator)
    Chojiyamachi workshop or a contemporary Kyoto workshop
  • Description

    Serving tray (kakuzara), quadrilateral; upright sides. Gold lacquer repairs.
    Clay: earthenware, soft, grayish.
    Glaze: lead glaze, grayish-cream, crackled in brown.
    Decoration: in dark brown, under glaze. Iris and bridge.
  • Signatures

    Signed on the front, "Jakumyo Korin [Jpn]"; on back, "Kenzan"
  • Provenance

    To 1902
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1902 [1]
    From 1902 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1902 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]
    See Original Pottery List, L. 1196, 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
  • Exhibition History

    Rinpa: Creativity Across Time and Space (October 1, 2022 to April 2, 2023)
    Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art (June 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016)
    Arts of Japan: Edo Aviary and Poetic License (February 2 to August 4, 2013)
    Poetic License: Making Old Worlds New (February 2 to August 4, 2013)
    Freer: A Taste for Japanese Art (July 1, 2006 to January 1, 2007)
    Tales and Legends in Japanese Art (June 21, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
    The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics (December 9, 2001 to October 27, 2002)
    Real and Imagined Places in Japanese Art (March 4 to October 21, 2001)
    Famous Places of Japan (October 17, 1985 to February 13, 1986)
    James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art—Whistler and the Landscape (May 11, 1984 to February 5, 1985)
    Ceramics by Ogata Kenzan (October 9, 1980 to October 30, 1980)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons in Japanese Art (September 14, 1977 to April 8, 1978)
    Japanese Art (October 2, 1975 to October 8, 1976)
    Japanese Paintings Attributed to Iwasa Matabei (July 1, 1974 to October 1, 1975)
    Japanese Art: Paintings and Pottery (July 1, 1966 to May 2, 1973)
    Special Exhibition—Japanese Art (October 16, 1963 to August 18, 1967)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 3 and 4 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    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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