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see also: 1739

Ryumonji ware sake flask

Sake flask (heishi)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 17th-18th century
Stoneware with iron glazes
Satsuma ware, Ryumonji kilns
H x W x D: 37.5 x 21.2 x 21.2 cm (14 3/4 x 8 3/8 x 8 3/8 in)
Japan, Kagoshima prefecture, Kajiki, Ryumonji kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Tall, inverted pear-shape; flaring at foot. Cf. F1902.272
Clay: hard, light gray.
Glaze: luminous aubergine, mottled with copper-brown; overflow of light yellow-green, splashed with brilliant black.

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. 1, 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, Ryumonji ware, sake, stoneware, wine
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
The Story of the Beautiful, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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