Netsuke in form of shell with design of iris and clouds; one of a set with F1984.45a (inro) and F1984.45b (ojime)

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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: 3 x 3 x 1.5 cm (1 3/16 x 1 3/16 x 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)
  • Description

    Slightly flattened form of clam shell, pierced by C-shape opening in back, through which cord is looped.
    Clay: Light red, fine-grained earthenware.
    Glaze: Clear, colorless lead glaze, crackled.
    Decoration: On front, in underglaze pigments (black, white, purple, green, blue, orange), one large purple iris in bloom, one white bud, bands of mist.
    Contains signature.
  • Signatures

    Signature: Tenrokudo, written in black underglaze pigment on back between and below holes.
  • 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)
  • Origin

    Mukojima, Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Stanley D. Fishman
  • Type

    Costume Accessory
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