Square incense box with sculpted figure of crane, unknown Raku ware workshop

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Kyoto or Tokyo, Japan
  • Material

    Earthenware with iron pigment under misfired Red Raku glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 5.2 x 8.7 cm (2 1/16 x 3 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

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

    Clay: soft, gray. Raku type.
    Glaze: gray with variations of yellowish, pinkish, and greenish tints. Reduced. Red Raku glaze.
    Decoration: seated crane in high relief. Underglaze iron marks on one edge to assist in aligning lid and base.
    Mark. "Koetsu" and cipher (kao) written on bottom of base with underglaze iron pigment.
  • Provenance

    To 1905
    H. R. Yamamato, to 1905 [1]
    From 1905 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. R. Yamamoto in 1905 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1420, 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

    Tea Ceramics after Koetsu (June 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016)
    Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art (June 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    H. R. Yamamoto (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Kyoto or Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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