Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921), Kidderminster, England, to 1902 
From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Michael Tomkinson in 1902 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1172, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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)
Michael Tomkinson (C.L. Freer source) 1841 - 1921
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Buff clay. String-cut base. Two lugs on shoulder. One large and three small indentations evenly spaced around lower body. Cross-shaped mark incised on base. Iron glaze, appearing rust brown with gritty texture where thin, lustrous dark brown where thick. Inside unglazed.
The cross-shaped mark incised on the base of this jar imitates the mark allegedly used by the potter Mo'emon, sometimes identified as one of the "Six Masters of Seto" said to have been authorized by Oda Nobunaga in 1563 to use personal marks on their pieces.
Incised mark: [Jap], on base, over string-cut.
- Published References
- Linda Merrill. The Peacock Room: A Cultural Biography. Washington and New Haven. p. 99, fig. 2.17.
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 61, p. 137.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum