Ewer in the shape of a rooster

Light gray clay, dense and hard, with area of orange scorch near tail. Details carved or modeled by hand and applied.
Glossy brown glaze; splashes of ash glaze over rooster-head spout and handle. Some kiln debris adhering to glaze. Base unglazed.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1620-1700
Medium
Stoneware with iron and ash glazes; wooden stopper
Style
Mino ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 19.2 x 18.8 x 18.8 cm (7 9/16 x 7 3/8 x 7 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Tajimi
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1904.331a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
chicken, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, sake, Seto ware, stoneware, wine
Provenance

To 1904
Yamanaka & Company, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1904 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1331, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965

Description

Light gray clay, dense and hard, with area of orange scorch near tail. Details carved or modeled by hand and applied.
Glossy brown glaze; splashes of ash glaze over rooster-head spout and handle. Some kiln debris adhering to glaze. Base unglazed.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 99, p. 187.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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