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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1893-1895
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with opaque green glaze; cobalt pigment under clear glaze on base
  • Dimension

    H x W: 3.2 x 7.3 cm (1 1/4 x 2 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Inoue Shohei 井上松坪 (1831-1895)
  • Description

    Small round box with domed cover, body and lid of almost equal size, small trimmed footrim.
    Clay: Porcelain; footrim darkened on surface by use.
    Glaze: Opaque teal green glaze (colored with cobalt and chromium) applied to exterior of box. Colorless glaze applied to interior and base. Box is unglazed where lid and body overlap. Unglazed footrim.
    Decoration: None.
    Contains mark on base.
  • Marks

    Mark: Potter's mark, Zai Heian Shohei sei (Made by Shohei in Heian [Kyoto]), enclosed by double ring, in underglaze cobalt on base.
  • Provenance

    To ?
    Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909). [1]
    To 1991
    Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [2]
    From 1991
    Freer Gallery of Art, bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [3]
    [1] Ms. Isabel Kurtz bequeathed the group of Asian ceramics, F1991.19-.44, to the Freer Gallery of Art.
    These objects had been collected by her father, Charles M. Kurtz, who was a friend of Charles Freer.
    Also see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909)
    Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991)
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
  • Type

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