Artist: Miyagawa Kozan (1842-1916)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1893-1899
Porcelain with dark blue glaze
H x W x D: 16.5 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm (6 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 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), porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This glaze represents one of the many new colors compounded with Western pigments. To produce its soft, mottled texture, Kozan adopted a Chinese technique of blowing the pigment through a fine-mesh gauze stretched over the end of a bamboo tube.

This vase was part of a collection formed by Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909), during the period when he served as assistant art director for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art director for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Centennial International Exposition in St. Louis. Kurtz's collecting focused on porcelain with highly colored glazed. Along with these pieces by prominent Japanese potters, Kurtz acquired vases of similar shapes and colors from American and European factories. Kurtz's collection, representative of a broad popular interest in Japanese art in the late nineteenth century, also reflects the growing internationalism in the decoration of ceramics resulting from rapid exchange of information and technology facilitated by the international fairs.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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