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Sake bottle

Label Text

This long-necked sake bottle from the Edo period was purchased by Freer as part of a larger collection, the Waggaman Collection of 1905. Its previous owner, Thomas A. Waggaman, was among the founders of Catholic University in Washington, DC. On February 2, 1905, a New York Times article referred to sale of the Waggaman Collection and mentioned Freer as one of the purchasers, along with the author, O. Henry. This pear-shaped vessel is sometimes referred to as a "crane's neck bottle" because of its unique opening. Its coloration is dark brown, and the glaze of its clay body is flecked with an ochre yellow finish-almost as if it were sprinkled with pure gold.

Object Name

Bottle (tokkuri)

Ware

Karatsu ware

Dated

1650-1710

Period

Edo period

Medium

Stoneware with iron glaze; silver rim

Dimensions

HxW: 23.5 x 13.4 cm

City

Taku

Country

Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

35

Wall

North

Title

Sake bottle

Object Number

F1905.48

Freer Source

American Art Association

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/F1905.48.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Sake bottle," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.48, Item #3116, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3116 (accessed November 22, 2017).