Six-sided jar

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1710-1760
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
Arita ware, Imari type
H x W x D: 41.6 x 33.2 x 33.2 cm (16 3/8 x 13 1/16 x 13 1/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Alexander Pope
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Imari type, chrysanthemum, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, peony, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

In a garden scene covering the entire body of this six-sided jar, a tree peony and a chrysanthemum plant bloom above rocks and ornamental fences. The peony represents spring, and the chrysanthemum autumn. Originally a domed, six-sided lid capped the jar, which was probably made for export. Pairs of such jars were popular ornaments in European homes.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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