Rectangular dish with design of iris
- Tray (tanzaku)
- Artist: Ogata Ihachi (Kyoto Kenzan II) (active 1720-1760)
- Historical period(s)
- Edo period, mid 18th century
- White clay with enamels and iron pigment under transparent lead glaze
- 42.5 x 8.2 x 2.4 cm
- Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- The analogue for this shape is a paper strip called tanzaku, used for inscribing poems. "Tanzaku dishes" were made by the first Kenzan throughout his career. Those, however, are inscribed with poetry while this piece is painted. The theme, as indicated by the motif of iris, is the "eight bridges" from the Tales of Ise. In this context, the rectangular dish could also be interpreted as one of the planks of the bridge across the iris swamp.
Bunkyo Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1896 
From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkyo Matsuki in 1896 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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 Owners
- Bunkyo Matsuki
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Japanese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum