Figure of Shoki the Demon Queller, Rakurakuen ware

Cream clay. Hand formed, hollow. Square seal “Rakurakuen-sei” (product of Rakurakuen) impressed on inside of hem edge at back of figure. Yellow ash glaze. Repairs to sword, hair, hem, and sleeves; demon’s horns missing.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1840-1860
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze
Style
Rakurakuen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 37.3 x 22.8 x 22.8 cm (14 11/16 x 9 x 9 in)
Geography
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1900.56
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Sculpture
Type

Figure: Shoki

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Rakurakuen ware, stoneware, Zhong Kui
Provenance

To 1900
Zerego, Genoa, to 1900 [1]

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

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 823, 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)

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

Description

Cream clay. Hand formed, hollow. Square seal "Rakurakuen-sei" (product of Rakurakuen) impressed on inside of hem edge at back of figure. Yellow ash glaze. Repairs to sword, hair, hem, and sleeves; demon's horns missing.

Inscription(s)

Square seal "Rakurakuen-sei" (product of Rakurakuen) impressed on inside of hem edge at back of figure.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 82, p. 164.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum