Netsuke in form of shell with design of iris and clouds; one of a set with F1984.45a (inro) and F1984.45b (ojime)

Artist: Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid-19th century
Reddish-buff clay; pigments, enamels under transparent lead glaze
H x W x D: 3 x 3 x 1.5 cm (1 3/16 x 1 3/16 x 9/16 in)
Japan, Tokyo, Mukojima
Credit Line
Gift of Stanley D. Fishman
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Jewelry and Ornament


Edo period (1615 - 1868), iris, Japan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson, Ogasawara Saeko. Ogata Kenzan: Zensakuhin to sono keifu [His Life and Complete Work]. 4 vols., Tokyo. fig. 1283-1, -2.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Art of Ogata Kenzan: Persona and Production in Japanese Ceramics., 1st ed. New York and Tokyo. fig. 148.
  • Mitake Hideyuki. "尾形乾山を引き継いだ陶芸家たち: 三浦乾也一門 =." Potter of Ogata Kenzan believers: Miura Kenya and his partners. Tokyo. p. 42, No. 113.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 91, fig. 22.
  • Kenzan no togei, Zuroku hen [Ceramics of Kenzan, 1663-1743)]. Exh. cat. Tokyo. p. 132, fig. 11.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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