Bottle with monogram S on H

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1670-1700
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
Arita ware
H x W: 25.4 x 17.5 cm (10 x 6 7/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Marion Hammer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, peony, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Prototypes for bottles of this shape are found in Northern European stoneware and glass. Thousands of such bottles were made in Arita for the Dutch East India Company. Some bear monograms that can be associated with Governors-General of the East Indies and other prominent Dutch officials. The owner of the initials on this bottle has not been identified.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 70, p. 91.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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