Six-sided ember pot with design of Tama River of Musashino

Artist: Miyazaki Tominosuke (Edo Kenzan III) (fl. 1770s-1830s)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
Red clay with white slip, iron pigment, and enamels under transparent lead glaze
H x Diam: 8.7 × 13.8 cm (3 7/16 × 5 7/16 in)
Japan, Edo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Ember pot (hiire)

autumn, Edo period (1615 - 1868), iridescence, Japan, landscape, river, water
Provenance research underway.

The unglazed interior and the shape suggest a pot to hold live embers for lighting pipes. The faceting resembles the folds of a screen. Six Tama (Jeweled) rivers are employed poetically in Japan. This one, identifiable by the cloth-processing vignettes, is the Tama River in Musashino, present-day Tokyo.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 21, p. 90.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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