Octagonal bowl

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1670-1700
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Kakiemon type
H x W: 10.2 x 21.2 cm (4 x 8 3/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita, Kakiemon kiln, Nangawara
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Kakiemon type, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, porcelain, tree, WWII-era provenance

To 1963
Harry C. Nail, Jr., Palo Alto, California. [1]

From 1963
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Harry C. Nail, Jr., Palo Alto, California. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Harry C. Nail Jr.


This bowl shows two different approaches to decorating the molded bowls that were a popular Kakiemon shape.  On the exterior, the naturalistic motifs are arranged with little reference to the shape of the bowl; within, the molded panels define the arrangement of floral sprays and blossoming branches.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 178.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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