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Vase with crescent-moon and sun-shaped lugs

Label Text

The sun and moon stand in relief as handles on this Edo-period Japanese stoneware vase. Freer purchased the vase from Tozo Takayanagi in 1902 and noted that the vessel was "very fine." He also noted his disagreement with Matsuki Bunkyo, one of his frequent art dealers and a sometime- adviser on purchases of Asian art and ceramics. "B. Matsuki says Tamba. I say Bizen," Freer wrote. Later scholars have agreed that it is not a Tamba piece, but have fallen short of verifying Freer's account. Its delicate proportions and workmanship, including its iron and ash glazes, suggest the Edo or Meiji period, likely from a kiln in the Fukuoka Prefecture of Japan, and associated with the historical region of the Buzen or Chikuzen Province. In the Peacock Room in Detroit, the vase stood on a shelf to the right of the room's focal point, La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Possibly Agano or Takatori ware

Dated

1800-1880

Period

Edo period or Meiji era

Medium

Stoneware with iron and ash glazes

Dimensions

HxW: 20.2 x 12.2 cm

Country

Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

34

Wall

North

Title

Vase with crescent-moon and sun-shaped lugs

Object Number

F1902.96

Freer Source

Tozo Takayanagi

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1902.96.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Vase with crescent-moon and sun-shaped lugs," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1902.96, Item #3115, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3115 (accessed November 18, 2017).