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Bowl with design of auspicious motifs

Artist: False signature of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
H x W x D: 15 x 41.7 x 41.7 cm (5 7/8 x 16 7/16 x 16 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Bowl, large, flaring, on heavy beveled foot. Cracked and repaired.
Clay: Buff clay, hard, coarse.
Glaze: grayish-brown, crackled.
Decoration: white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze. Embossed and painted over glaze in green, white, black, red, and violet.
Mark: Kenzan.


To 1894
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1894 [1]

From 1894 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1894 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 154, 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
Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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