Incense container in shape of Chinese lion-dog

Artist: Attributed to Ōhi Chōzaemon 大樋長左衛門 (1630-1712)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 17th-early 18th century
Earthenware with amber lead glaze
Ohi ware
H x W x D: 4.4 x 6.8 x 5.4 cm (1 3/4 x 2 11/16 x 2 1/8 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container

Incense box (kogo)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), guardian lion, incense, Japan, lion, Ohi ware

To 1902
Samuel Colman (1832-1920), New York, NY, and Newport, RI, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Samuel Colman Collection, American Art Association, New York, March 19-22, 1902 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1127, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Samuel Colman was collecting Asian objects by at least 1880 (see Curatorial Remark 9, Louise Cort, April 20, 2007, in the object record).

[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)

Samuel Colman 1832-1920
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883


Freer's collection included many examples of Raku ware, which developed in association with the tea ceremony. The Ohi pottery in Kanazawa was an offshoot of the original Raku workshop in Kyoto. Ohi potters developed the amber glaze used on this incense-pellet container to distinguish their products from Kyoto Raku ware.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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