Six-sided ember pot with design of Tama River of Musashino


Artist: Miyazaki Tominosuke (Edo Kenzan III) (fl. 1770s-1830s)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
Red clay with white slip, iron pigment, and enamels under transparent lead glaze
H x W: 8.7 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in)
Japan, Edo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Ember pot (hiire)

autumn, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, landscape, river, water

To 1902
Samuel Colman (1832-1920), New York, NY, and Newport, RI, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Samuel Colman Collection, American Art Association, New York, March 19-22, 1902 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1150, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Samuel Colman was collecting Asian objects by at least 1880 (see Curatorial Remark 10, Louise Cort, April 20, 2007, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Samuel Colman 1832 - 1920
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883


The unglazed interior and the shape suggest a pot to hold live embers for lighting pipes. The faceting resembles the folds of a screen. Six Tama (Jeweled) rivers are employed poetically in Japan. This one, identifiable by the cloth-processing vignettes, is the Tama River in Musashino, present-day Tokyo.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 21, p. 90.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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