Kyoto ware incense box in shape of crouching rabbit

Artist: Seal of Nonomura Ninsei (active ca. 1646-77)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 17th century or later
Stoneware with enamels over clear glaze
Kyoto ware
H x W x D: 8.2 x 7.3 x 5.5 cm (3 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container

Incense box (kogo)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), enamel, incense, Japan, Kyoto ware, Omuro ware, rabbit, stoneware

To 1904
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1904 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1308, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 196.
  • A Japanese Pottery Box (Home Forum). Boston, July 8, 1952. .
  • Mayuyama Junkichi. Japanese Art in the West. Tokyo. pl. 349.
  • William C. Ketchum. Boxes. Smithsonian Illustrated Library of Antiques New York. p. 88.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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