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Vase with incised design of crane and maple leaves

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Label Text

This cylindrical Raku-type vase was procured for Freer by the dealer Matsuki Bunkyo, who enclosed with it a rather lengthy letter in February of 1903. In the letter he refers to several of the vessel's unique characteristics, including the "deep mysterious quality" of the black finish, as well as the height of the vase, which is "unusually tall." Matsuki thought it was "extraordinary," but upon receiving this purchase, Freer noted it as "coarsely modeled." It was falsely signed by the Japanese master Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637), and it is now more accurately attributed to the School of Koetsu. Even so, this vessel is considered to be a hanaike, a type of cultural production designated by the Japanese as a National Treasure because of its historical or artistic significance.

Object Name

Vase (hanaike)

Dated

19th century

Period

Edo period or Meiji era

Medium

Raku-type earthenware with Black Raku glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 25.7 x 10.7 cm

City

Kyoto

Country

Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

7

Wall

North

Artist

False signature of Hon'ami Koetsu

Title

Vase with incised design of crane and maple leaves

Object Number

F1903.45

Freer Source

Matsuki Bunkyo

Freer Source City

Boston

Freer Source State

Massachusetts

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1903.45.jpg

Collection

Citation

False signature of Hon'ami Koetsu, "Vase with incised design of crane and maple leaves," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1903.45, Item #3080, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3080 (accessed November 21, 2017).