string(22) "edanmdm:fsg_F1984.45.1" Medicine case (inro) with design of iris bridges (yatsuhashi); one of a set with F1984.45b (ojime) and F1984.45c (netsuke) - National Museum of Asian Art

Medicine case (inro) with design of iris bridges (yatsuhashi); one of a set with F1984.45b (ojime) and F1984.45c (netsuke)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid-19th century
  • Geography

    Mukojima, Tokyo, Japan
  • Material

    Reddish-buff clay; pigments, enamels under transparent lead glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 8 x 7 x 1.5 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)
  • Description

    Description: Four-part inro in form of flattened rectangle with rounded corners (probably derived from the coin called ryo). The inset rim of each of the three compartments fits into the base of the compartment above it or into the lid. The four components are secured by a blue-green silk cord passing through two holes in each of the elements, tied in a bow below and secured by the bead (F1984.45b) above and atttached to the toggle (F1984.45c) at the end.
    Clay: Light red, fine-grained earthenware.
    Glaze: clear, colorless lead glaze, crackled.
    Decoration: in underglaze pigments (black, purple, green, blue, white, orange), similar designs of iris and eight-fold bridge (yatsuhashi), stream and banks, bands of mist, on both sides; flying bird on one side only.
  • Inscriptions

    Signature: Ken'ya, written in black pigment inside rectangular frame, on lower edge of bottom compartment; concealed by knotted cord.
  • Provenance

    To about 1979
    Mr. Hadad, to about 1979 [1]
    About 1979
    Stanley D. Fishman, Silver Spring, MD, about 1979
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Stanley D. Fishman in 1984
    [1] According to Mr. Fishman, this piece was acquired circa 1979 from a gallery on Wisconsin Avenue run by a Mr. Hadad (see Curatorial Note 5, Louise Cort, July 27, 2004, in object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics (December 9, 2001 to October 27, 2002)
    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Stanley D. Fishman
  • Origin

    Mukojima, Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Stanley D. Fishman
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