Presentation sake bottle

Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 17th century or later
Stoneware with slip glaze
Bizen ware, Imbe type
H x W: 21.9 x 10.6 cm (8 5/8 x 4 3/16 in)
Japan, Okayama prefecture, Imbe
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Sake bottle (kenjo tokkuri)

Bizen ware, Bizen ware, Imbe type, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, sake, stoneware, wine

To 1905
Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1906), Washington, DC, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Waggaman Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, January 25-February 3, 1905 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1346, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also see Curatorial Remark 8, Louise Cort, June 17, 2008, in the object record.

[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)

Thomas E. Waggaman 1839 - 1906
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883


Slender sake flasks with tapering necks, coated with iron wash and intentionally spattered with ash, were the pride of potters at the Edo-period Bizen kilns in the village of Imbe. The bottles' designation as presentation bottles (kenjo tokkuri) comes from the fact that they were supplied to the Ikeda clan, within whose domain the kilns lay.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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