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Taizan ware vase with design of the character for "longevity"

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1850-1860
Porcelain with cobalt decoration under clear glaze
Taizan ware
H x W: 29 x 16.6 cm (11 7/16 x 6 9/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto, Awataguchi
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Vase, tall beaker-shape.
Clay: dense, sonorous, grayish.
Glaze: cream-white, minutely crackled; inside - red-brown wash.
Decoration: in blue, over glaze.
Mark: Taizan [Jpn]

Taizan [Jpn]

To 1895
Rufus E. Moore (1840 - 1918), New York to 1895 [1]

From 1895 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1895 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 45, 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
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, porcelain, Taizan ware
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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