Kyoto ware incense box in shape of crouching rabbit

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 17th century or later
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with enamels over clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 8.2 x 7.3 x 5.5 cm (3 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1904.203a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1904.203a-b

Object Details

  • Artist

    Seal of Nonomura Ninsei (active ca. 1646-77)
  • Description

    Clay: hard, fine, grayish-white.
    Glaze: luminous cream, crackled; touches of coral-red and gilding.
    Mark impressed on base.
  • Marks

    Mark: Ninsei (small oval seal), impressed on base.
  • Provenance

    To 1904
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1904 [1]
    From 1904 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1904 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1308, 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

    Moonlight and Clouds: Silver and Gold in the Arts of Japan (November 11, 2008 to November 11, 2009)
    Japanese Arts in the Edo Period: 1615-1868, part 2 (Saturday, March 8, 2008 - Sunday, October 19, 2008)
    The Tea Ceremony in Japan X (April 3 to November 28, 1999)
    Japanese Art in the Age of Koetsu (June 6, 1998 to February 15, 1999)
    Kyoto Ceramics (November 9, 1984 to April 25, 1985)
    Japanese Ceramics (June 22, 1982 to September 27, 1982)
    Japanese Ceramics (July 15, 1980 to June 21, 1982)
    Japanese Ceramics/Puppets (June 16, 1980 to July 14, 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)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 3 and 4 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art (October 3, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art, 1946 (May 3, 1946 to October 6, 1947)
  • 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

    Container
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