To about 1979
Mr. Hadad, to about 1979 
Stanley D. Fishman, Silver Spring, MD, about 1979
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Stanley D. Fishman in 1984
 According to Mr. Fishman, this piece was acquired circa 1979 from a gallery on Wisconsin Avenue run by a Mr. Hadad (see Curatorial Note 5, Louise Cort, July 27, 2004, in object record).
- Previous Owner(s)
Stanley D. Fishman
Description: Four-part inro in form of flattened rectangle with rounded corners (probably derived from the coin called ryo). The inset rim of each of the three compartments fits into the base of the compartment above it or into the lid. The four components are secured by a blue-green silk cord passing through two holes in each of the elements, tied in a bow below and secured by the bead (F1984.45b) above and atttached to the toggle (F1984.45c) at the end.
Clay: Light red, fine-grained earthenware.
Glaze: clear, colorless lead glaze, crackled.
Decoration: in underglaze pigments (black, purple, green, blue, white, orange), similar designs of iris and eight-fold bridge (yatsuhashi), stream and banks, bands of mist, on both sides; flying bird on one side only.
Signature: Ken'ya, written in black pigment inside rectangular frame, on lower edge of bottom compartment; concealed by knotted cord.
The subject is the "eight bridges" episode off the Tales of Ise, a favorite motif in the Rimpa school, expecially in Korin painting and Kenzan ceramics (see F1902.220). This version suggests the participation of a professional decorator. The bold distortion characteristic of Rimpa is absent; something of late-Edo period naturalism is hinted in the perspective, tonal variations, and flying insects. This manner may have been absorbed from the school of painter Tani Buncho (1764-1840), with whom Ken'ya is occasionally associated.
- Published References
- Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 22, p. 91.
- Kenzan no togei, Zuroku hen (Ceramics of Kenzan, 1663-1743). Exh. cat. Tokyo. p. 132, fig. 11.
- Richard L. Wilson. The Art of Ogata Kenzan: Persona and Production in Japanese Ceramics., 1st ed. New York and Tokyo. fig. 148.
- Richard L. Wilson Ogasawara Saeko. Ogata Kenzan: Zensakuhin to sono keifu (His Life and Complete Work). 4 vols., Tokyo. fig. 1283-1, -2.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
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- Rights Statement
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