Square incense box with sculpted figure of crane, unknown Raku ware workshop

Clay: soft, gray. Raku type.
Glaze: gray with variations of yellowish, pinkish, and greenish tints. Reduced. Red Raku glaze.
Decoration: seated crane in high relief. Underglaze iron marks on one edge to assist in aligning lid and base.
Mark. “Koetsu” and cipher (kao) written on bottom of base with underglaze iron pigment.

Maker(s)
Artist: False signature of Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦 (1558-1637)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Medium
Earthenware with iron pigment under misfired Red Raku glaze
Style
Raku ware, unknown workshop
Dimensions
H x W: 5.2 x 8.7 cm (2 1/16 x 3 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto or Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1905.218a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Incense box (kogo)

Keywords
crane, earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Raku ware
Provenance

To 1905
H. R. Yamamato, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. R. Yamamoto in 1905 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1420, 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)

H. R. Yamamoto (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Clay: soft, gray. Raku type.
Glaze: gray with variations of yellowish, pinkish, and greenish tints. Reduced. Red Raku glaze.
Decoration: seated crane in high relief. Underglaze iron marks on one edge to assist in aligning lid and base.
Mark. "Koetsu" and cipher (kao) written on bottom of base with underglaze iron pigment.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum