Small incense burner with slip-inlaid stamped decor

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Dense, dark brown (Sobokai) clay. String-cut base. Stamped motifs of flying cranes of two types, “auspicious clouds” and “Genji incense,” inlaid with white slip brushed horizontally over body and partially removed. Clear glaze with soft sheen, applied by dipping, appearing gray over dark body, opaque white where thick in droplets. Inside unglazed. Silver lid with openwork cloud pattern.

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 1800-1880
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze; silver lid
Style
Ofuke ware or Kyushu-related ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.3 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm (2 1/16 x 3 1/16 x 3 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Nagoya
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.363a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Incense burner (koro 香炉)

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

To 1911
Sato, Nagasaki, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Sato in 1911 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2150, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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
Sato (C.L. Freer source)

Description

Dense, dark brown (Sobokai) clay. String-cut base. Stamped motifs of flying cranes of two types, "auspicious clouds" and "Genji incense," inlaid with white slip brushed horizontally over body and partially removed. Clear glaze with soft sheen, applied by dipping, appearing gray over dark body, opaque white where thick in droplets. Inside unglazed. Silver lid with openwork cloud pattern.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 78, p. 159.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 26.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum