Figure of Otafuku

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Fushimi, Kyoto, Kyoto-fu, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with colored glazes
  • Dimension

    H x W: 17.2 x 9.9 cm (6 3/4 x 3 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

  • Description

    Statuette. Otafuku, standing.
    Clay: dense, grayish. Blackened by soot on surface.
    Glaze: face - unglazed; figure - yellow, red, black, pink, green, and white. Crinkled surface; crevices darkened with soot.
    Mark: impressed on lower back of robe.
  • Marks

    Mark: Tofukuji monzen Koemon zo impressed in unglazed area on lower back of robe.
  • Provenance

    To 1905
    Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), Paris, to 1905 [1]
    From 1905 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Siegfried Bing in 1905 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1408, 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

    Selections from the Japanese Collection (March 22 to November 29, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Fushimi, Kyoto, Kyoto-fu, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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