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Bizen ware Sake bottle in the shape of a wild duck

Sake bottle (tokkuri)
Artist: Terami Enkichi (died 1838)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
Stoneware with ash glaze drops
Bizen ware, Imbe type
H x Diam: 19.3 x 10.9 cm (7 5/8 x 4 5/16 in)
Japan, Okayama prefecture, Imbe
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Sake bottle (tokkuri), gourd-shaped, with pinched body; twisted bulbous neck and short spout. Restoration on spout.
Clay: fine, fired reddish-brown.
Glaze: lustrous, mottled reddish to blackish brown, iridescent areas, yellow spots.
Impressed mark: Character tera in seal script within outline of folding fan.

Impressed mark: Character "tera" in seal script within outline of folding fan.

To 1896
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1896 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 146, 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
Tozo Takayanagi (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Bizen ware, Imbe type, duck, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, sake, stoneware, wine
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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