Incense burner in the shape of Chinese lion-dog

Incense burner, with perforated oval cover. Chinese lion-dog (shishi).
Clay: heavy-weight, dense.
Glaze: brilliant black lacquer, powdered and overlaid with gold.
Seal: Raku (false seal of Raku Sonyu, 1664-1716)

Maker(s)
Artist: False seal of Raku Sonyu (1664 - 1716)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Medium
Raku-type clay with Black Raku glaze and gold pigment
Style
Raku ware, unknown workshop
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 10 x 11.2 cm (3 15/16 x 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1893.6a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Incense burner

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), guardian lion, incense, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Raku ware
Provenance

To 1893
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1893 [1]

From 1893 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1893 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 234, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Takayanagi Tozo (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Incense burner, with perforated oval cover. Chinese lion-dog (shishi).
Clay: heavy-weight, dense.
Glaze: brilliant black lacquer, powdered and overlaid with gold.
Seal: Raku (false seal of Raku Sonyu, 1664-1716)

Inscription(s)

(false seal of Raku Sonyu)

Published References
  • Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America. no. 39 Lexington, MA, 2018. p. 138, fig. 8.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum