Tea bowl with design of cranes and chrysanthemums

Artist: Possibly by Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Narutaki workshop or contemporary Kyoto workshop (active 1699-1712)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1699-1712
Buff clay; white slip, iron and cobalt pigments under transparent glaze.
H x Diam: 7.2 × 10.4 cm (2 13/16 × 4 1/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

chrysanthemum, crane, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, tea

To 1899
S. Eida, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from S. Eida in 1899 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 340, 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)

S. Eida (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


The combination of crane and chrysanthemum has two possible but interrelated nuances. First, it is an auspicious combination, since both bird and flower symbolize longevity. Second, the painting may refer to poems of birds and flowers of the twelve months by Kamakura period poet Fujiwara Teika, demonstrated as a favorite theme in Kenzan ware; the crane and chrysanthemum pairing are used for the tenth month.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 87, fig. 19.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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