Otowa ware standing Amida Nyorai with inscribed pedestal

Maker(s)
Artist: Otowa Jizaemon (born 1663)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1729 (tenth month, fifteenth day)
Medium
Transparent stoneware with iron glazes; gilding over iron slip; enamels over transparent glaze; iron pigment under glaze.
Style
Kyoto ware, Otowa kilns
Dimensions
H x W: 35.1 x 15.3 cm (13 13/16 x 6 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1907.87a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Sculpture
Type

Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
Amitabha Buddha, Buddha, Buddhism, dharmakaya-vitarka mudra, Edo period (1615 - 1868), enamel, iron wash, Japan, Kyoto ware, lotus, stoneware
Provenance

Temple Kiyomizu, Kyoto [1]

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [2]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in spring of 1907 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] Charles Lang Freer was told when he bought this piece that it had once been in "temple Kiyomizu, Kyoto" (see Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, 1985, in the object record).

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 1565, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Temple Kiyomizu
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Raku to Kyoyaki. Yakimono meikan, 3 Tokyo. .
  • Kazunobu Nakanodo. Otowa-Gojozaka kamamoto no hensen to sakufu. vols. 15/16 Tokyo. p. 119, fig. 4.
  • Oka Yoshiko. Kinsei Kyoyaki no kenkyu [Research on Kyoto ceramics of the early modern period]., 1st ed. Kyoto. p. 245, fig. 23.
  • Oka Yoshiko. Kinsei Kyoyaki no kenkyu. Kyoto. p. 245, fig. 23.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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