Kenzan style tea bowl with inscription and design of narcissus

Artist: Style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Kyoto workshop, Kenzan style
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid to late 18th century
Buff clay with white slip, iron and cobalt pigments under transparent glaze
Kyoto ware
H x Diam: 7.3 × 9.8 cm (2 7/8 × 3 7/8 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

Edo period (1615 - 1868), inscription, Japan, Kyoto ware, narcissus, tea

To 1900
Hayashi Tadamasa (1853-1906), Paris, to 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Hayashi Tadamasa in 1900 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 781, 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) and Custodian(s)

Hayashi Tadamasa (C.L. Freer source) 1853-1906
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


This bowl is decorated in the style introduced by the Kyoto potter Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743), who combined images and inscriptions in a manner more typical of a hanging scroll. A four-character Chinese-style inscription, from a poem on narcissus by the Southern Song neo-Confucian scholar Zhu Xi (1130–1200), reads “Green sleeves, gold crown.”

Published References
  • Don Pilcher. Looking at Kenzan., September 2002. p. 60.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 73, fig. 12.
  • , no. 39 Lexington, Massachusetts, 2018. p. 148, fig. 22.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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