Oribe ware ewer with designs of blossoming plum branches and various geometic motifs

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Probably Kamagane kilns, Toki city, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware clay with Oribe copper-green glaze and iron pigment under colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 19.7 x 20.6 x 20.6 cm (7 3/4 x 8 1/8 x 8 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Light buff clay. Four small lug-shaped feet on base. Underglaze iron painted decoration of blossoming plum branches and various geometric motifs. Clear glaze and copper-tinted green ash glaze, applied separately; base unglazed except at edges; inside unglazed. Ink inscriptions on base and underside of lid.
  • Inscriptions

    Written in ink on the base of this ewer and on the unglazed bottom of the lid are inscriptions that seem to be owners' marks.
  • Provenance

    To 1969
    S. Yabumoto Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. [1]
    From 1969
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from S. Yabumoto Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern in Japanese Ceramics (December 13, 2014 to June 14, 2015)
    Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (November 4, 2006 to January 7, 2008)
    The Idea of China in Japan: The Tea Ceremony in Japan (December 19, 1999 to June 11, 2000)
    The Glazed Ceramic Tradition of Mino and Seto Wares (April 26, 1985 to January 13, 1986)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Japanese Art (July 1, 1974 to April 10, 1978)
    Japanese Art: Paintings and Pottery (July 1, 1966 to May 2, 1973)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    S. Yabumoto Co., Ltd.
  • Origin

    Probably Kamagane kilns, Toki city, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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