Incense box in the shape of a turtle

citation

Buff clay, flushing orange where glaze is thick or wiped off. Incised and modeled details. Yellow ash glaze, crackled.
Mark. Cipher (kao) written in clear brown lacquer on underside of lid.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1840-1860
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze
Style
Probably Ofuke ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.7 x 5.6 x 7.8 cm (1 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 3 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Nagoya, Owari Tokugawa garden kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1902.85a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Incense box (kogo)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan, Ofuke ware, stoneware, turtle
Provenance

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]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1154, 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)

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

Description

Buff clay, flushing orange where glaze is thick or wiped off. Incised and modeled details. Yellow ash glaze, crackled.
Mark. Cipher (kao) written in clear brown lacquer on underside of lid.

Inscription(s)

Inside the lid is a cipher written in clear amber lacquer. The cipher has not been identified.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 88, p. 171.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum