Figure of elderly person in tattered kimono leaning on staff, possibly Sotoba Komachi

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 1850-1880
Medium
Stoneware with iron decoration under clear glaze; areas of iron wash
Style
Probably Karatsu ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 18.5 x 13.5 x 11.4 cm (7 5/16 x 5 5/16 x 4 1/2 in)
Geography
Japan, Saga prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1902.181
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Sculpture
Type

Figure: human

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), elder, Japan, Karatsu ware, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), stoneware
Provenance

To 1899
James Lord Bowes (1834-1899), England, to 1899 [1]

Sale of the James Lord Bowes Collection, Liverpool, England, May 6, 1901 [2]

To 1902
James Tregaskis, London, to 1902 [3]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from James Tregaskis in 1902 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]

Notes:

[1] The collection of James Lord Bowes (1834-1899) was auctioned in Liverpool on May 6, 1901, and the catalogue is in the Freer Library [SI 3026] (see Curatorial Remark 5, Louise A. Cort, 1986, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Original Pottery List, L. 1162, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] See note 2.

[5] 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)

James Lord Bowes 1834-1899
James Tregaskis (C.L. Freer source) 1850-1926
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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