Mino ware Shino style serving dish with design of crows on hut in field

Light gray clay. Four wide loop feet on base, with glazed bottoms. Underglaze iron painted decoration (appearing gray except where iron has bled through glaze and shows dark brown) of watchman’s hut in millet field with two crows. Feldspathic glaze, thick and translucent gray-white; unglazed patch of irregular shape on base. Six spur marks evenly spaced around perimeter of base. Lacquer repairs in firing cracks.

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1594-1607
Medium
Stoneware with iron decoration under Shino glaze
Style
Mino ware, Shino type
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.3 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm (3 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Toki city, Kujiri village, Motoyashiki Higashi kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1970.31
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Serving dish

Keywords
crow, Japan, Mino ware, Shino type, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1970
Yamanaka and Company, Ltd., Osaka, Japan. [1]

From 1970
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Ltd., Osaka, Japan. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. 1917 - 1965

Description

Light gray clay. Four wide loop feet on base, with glazed bottoms. Underglaze iron painted decoration (appearing gray except where iron has bled through glaze and shows dark brown) of watchman's hut in millet field with two crows. Feldspathic glaze, thick and translucent gray-white; unglazed patch of irregular shape on base. Six spur marks evenly spaced around perimeter of base. Lacquer repairs in firing cracks.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 144.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 31, p. 27.
  • Martin P. Amt, Rob Barnard. In Praise of Feet. vol. 18, no. 2 Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, June 1990. p. 29.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 67, pp. 88-89.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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