Candy pellet bottle in shape of eggplant

Artist: Eiraku Hozen 永楽保全 (1795-1854)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1827-1843
Stoneware with gold leaf under enamel glazes; paper-covered stopper
Kyoto ware
H x W x D: 7.7 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm (3 1/16 x 2 11/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Bottle for candy pellets (furidashi)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), eggplant, enamel, Japan, Kyoto ware, stoneware
Provenance research underway.

The Kyoto potter Eiraku Hozen was particularly inspired in his use of enamel glazes in clear tones of turquoise, green, yellow, and purple, in the manner of late Ming Chinese pottery from the Zhangzhou kilns in Fujian province that the Japanese called Kochi ware. Hozen's skill was sought by the Tokugawa clan of Kii province, for whom he established a kiln, and from whom he received a set of gold and silver seals with which to mark his work. This charming small vessel substitutes a vegetal shape for the usual ceramic one. The eggplant leaves are rendered in gold leaf under a veil of translucent red lacquer. Hozen pioneered the use of this continental technique in Japan.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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