Figure of a woman

Detail of a pattern
Image 1 of 1

Terms of Use

Usage Conditions Apply

At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Kakiemon kiln, Nangawara, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with enamels over clear colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H: 38.5 cm (15 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Figure of a standing lady. Molded, with slightly open mouth and a hole under the loop at the back of the coiffure. Flat, closed, textile-marked base.
    Clay: fine white porcelain.
    Glaze: smooth, clear porcelain glaze.
    Decoration: overglaze polychrome enamels. The under kimono decorated with blossoms and maple leaves in iron-red and yellow. The over-garment (uchikake) decorated with a bamboo trellis in green and blue and a vine (apparently wisteria) with leaves in blue and green. The green is a light brilliant shade which tends to turquoise. Hanging blossoms are red and yellow. Neck folds of undergarment are painted in blue and black. Also painted in rich lacquer-like black enamel are hair, eyes, brows, obi and some vine tendrils. The clear "kaki" red also shows on garment linings and edges, lips and some vine tendrils.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)
    The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Paintings and Prints (December 8, 2002 to May 26, 2003)
    Surveying the Collections: Poets and Parties (July 2, 2000 to February 4, 2001)
    Telling Tales in Japanese Art (November 23, 1996 to August 14, 1997)
    Japanese Art (May 9, 1993 to August 1, 1994)
    Summer Whites: Japanese Porcelain (July 1, 1983 to March 15, 1984)
    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)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Harold P. Stern Memorial Exhibition (April 18, 1977 to September 13, 1977)
  • Origin

    Kakiemon kiln, Nangawara, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • Restrictions and Rights

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The National Museum of Asian Art welcomes information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Keep Exploring