Set of six sake or sencha cups with slip design and inscription

Artist: Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Brown clay; white slip, iron pigment under transparent lead glaze.
H x Diam (overall): 4.3 x 7.7 cm (1 11/16 x 3 1/16 in)
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Sake cup (choko)

Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), sake

To 1904
Kosa Honma (1842-1909), to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Kosa Honma in 1904 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1310, 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)

Honma Kosa (C.L. Freer source) 1842 - 1909
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


This cup was made for serving Chinese-style steeped tea. The inscription on the cup reads: The will of the people is the will of Heaven.

Published References
  • 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.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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