Bowl with design of Mt. Fuji

Artist: Miyagawa Kozan (1842-1916)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1893-1899
Porcelain clay with pink and grey pigments under colorless glaze, white and grey enamels over the glaze
H x W x D: 8.6 x 13 x 13 cm (3 3/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in)
Japan, Kanagawa prefecture, Yokohama
Credit Line
Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Mount Fuji, porcelain, WWII-era provenance

To ?
Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909). [1]

To 1991
Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [2]

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [3]


[1] Ms. Isabel Kurtz bequeathed the group of Asian ceramics, F1991.19-.44, to the Freer Gallery of Art. These objects had been collected by her father, Charles M. Kurtz, who was a friend of Charles Freer.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles M. Kurtz 1855-1909
Isabel S. Kurtz 1901-1991


This bowl uses thin washes of matter black pigment alone and beneath translucent lavender-pink glaze to create the effect of an ink painting. Thick lines of white enamel outline the snowy peak. Miyagawa Kozan, born in Kyoto, moved to Yokohama in 1870 to produce for the flourishing export ceramic market. He consistently won prizes in major international expositions.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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