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Kenzan style Black Raku water jar

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)
Artist: Style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), Style of Ogata Kōrin 尾形光琳 (1658-1716), Kyoto workshop , imitation
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Brown clay; black and clear lead glazes, enamel over glaze
Raku ware, unknown workshop
H x W: 16.1 x 12.5 cm (6 5/16 x 4 15/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Clay: dense, coarse, gray. Hand formed.
Glaze: mirror-black; inside, thin, grayish.
Decoration: in white glaze-relief; crackled.
Signatures of Ogata Korin (1658-1716) and Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)

Hokkyo Korin ga Kenzan [Jpn].

To 1896
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1896 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 32, 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.

Former owner
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) (1840 - 1918)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
crane, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Raku ware, tea, water
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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