Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1644-1650
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under transparent glaze and enamels over glaze
Arita ware, Kutani type
H x W: 7 x 35 cm (2 3/4 x 13 3/4 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita, Yambeta kiln group
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Kutani type, cobalt glaze, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, lion, porcelain, WWII-era provenance

To 1968
Yamanaka and Company, Osaka, Japan. [1]

From 1968
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Osaka, Japan. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Yamanaka and Co. 1917 - 1965


This dish is a classic example of the Old Kutani style of porcelain decoration used at kilns in Arita in the mid-seventeenth century. Translucent enamels in dark tones cover much of the surface of the vessel. Within an overall geometric grid, smaller geometric patterns fill concentric bands of contrasting colors. Three six-sided bands frame bird-and-flower motifs inspired by Chinese painting.

Published References
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 9: pl. 65.
  • Yamashita Sakuro. Shoki Kakiemon no Kenkyu. .
  • Yamashita Sakuro. Koimari to Kokutani. Tokyo. pl. 3.
  • , Kawahara Masahiko, Nakazato Tarouemon XII. Toji taikei [Complete Collection of Far Eastern Ceramics]. 48 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1978. vol. 22: pl. 83.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 70.
  • Imaizumi Motosuke. Shoki Arita to Kokutani. Tokyo. fig. 88.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 106, vol. 2: p. 180.
  • Wakamizu. no. 4. p. 7, fig. 3.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 85.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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