Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1730-1770
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
Arita ware
H x W: 5.4 x 30.7 cm (2 1/8 x 12 1/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, bamboo, cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, pine tree, porcelain, reign mark, WWII-era provenance

To 1974
Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [1]

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein


Distinctively Chinese motifs appear on this carefully painted dish.  The "Three Friends"--pine, plum, and bamboo--appear in a landscape setting around the cavetto; a band of waves frames the center of the dish containing a symmetrically organized garland of poppy flowers and leaves.  On the base is a six-character copy of a Chinese Ming dynasty reign mark of the Ch'eng-hua era (1465-1487).

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 69, p. 90.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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