Hanging vase in the shape of a fan

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1650-1800
Stoneware with white slip inlaid under clear glaze
Yatsushiro ware
H x W: 32.6 x 18.9 cm (12 13/16 x 7 7/16 in)
Japan, Kumamoto prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Edo period (1615 - 1868), fan, flower, Japan, stoneware, Yatsushiro ware

To 1901
Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), Paris to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Siegfried Bing, Paris in 1901

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 946, 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)

Siegfried Bing (C.L. Freer source) 1838-1905
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


The potter skillfully used clay to replicate the appearance of a fan made of heavy paper decorated with squares of gold leaf and mounted on wooden ribs. Performers in a No drama would have carried such a paper fan. During the Edo period (1615-1868), warrior rulers (daimyo) sponsored professional No troupes within their domains and also studied No chanting and dancing as a pastime. This fan-shaped vase was made at the Yatsushiro kilns, which operated in the domain of a daimyo in western Japan. It would have hung in a place of honor: the display alcove of a reception room in the daimyo residence.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 157.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 25.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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