Incense container with design of Narrow Ivy Road

Artist: Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Narutaki workshop (active 1699-1712)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1699-1712
Stoneware with white slip, cobalt and iron pigments under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
H x W x D: 2.5 x 10 x 7.3 cm (1 x 3 15/16 x 2 7/8 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, Container

Incense box (kogo)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan
Provenance research underway.

Ogata Kenzan's small, molded box made for incense or seal paste bears a famous scene from the tenth-century literary classic Tales of Ise, in which an exiled courtier composes a poem to be carried back to Kyoto by a wandering ascetic.

Published References
  • Matthias Ostermann. The Ceramic Narrative. London and Philadelphia. fig. 17.
  • Richard L. Wilson, Ogasawara Saeko. Kenzanyaki Nyumon [Introduction to Kenzan Ceramics]. Tokyo. pl. 5.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Art of Ogata Kenzan: Persona and Production in Japanese Ceramics., 1st ed. New York and Tokyo. fig. 233.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 20, p. 89.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Japanese and Korean Ceramics. vol. 36, no. 1 Hong Kong, January-February 2006. p. 102, fig. 2.
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. p. 161.
  • Miho Museum. Kenzan: A World of Quietly Refined Elegance. Exh. cat. Shiga. p. 240.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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