Kosa Honma (1842-1909), to 1904 
From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Kosa Honma in 1904 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1310, 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)
Honma Kosa (C.L. Freer source) 1842 - 1909
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
The vessel shape and bold brush application are intended to evoke Korean bowls roughly brushed with white slip--the so-called hakeme effect. Such bowls found favor among devotees of matcha, the whipped green tea consumed in the tea ceremony. But in this set, the diminutive size points to another form of tea drinking: sencha, the steeped tea which became widely popular at the beginning of the Meiji era. The aphorism inscribed on the sides of each piece, "The will of the people is the will of Heaven," has just the kind of scholarly flavor the devotees of sencha admired. Such a style is unique for Ken'ya, since most of his decorations feture stereotypical Kenzan flowers and grasses.
- Published References
- Nagasaka Kaneo. Toki Koza. multi-vol., Tokyo, 1938 - 1939. fig. 2:1-18.
- Kawahara Masahiko Nakazato Tarouemon XII. Toji taikei (Complete Collection of Far Eastern Ceramics). 48 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1978. pp. 4:13-19.
- Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 29.
- Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 47, p. 123.
- Mizuoka Tadanari, Narasaki Shoichi, Hayashiya Seizo. Nihon yakimono shusei. 12 vols., Tokyo, 1980-1982. pp. 150-151.
- Ken'ichiro Ono. Toki Daijiten (Encyclopedia of Pottery). 6 vols., Tokyo. p. 470-471.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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