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Incense burner, refashioned from a bottle

Incense burner
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th-19th century
Porcelain with cobalt decoration under clear glaze; silver lid
Kyoto-related ware
H x W (overall): 12.5 x 15.2 cm (4 15/16 x 6 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Originally this item was a long-necked bottle. The neck was broken off and repaired to serve as an incense burner. Globular shape with silver rim and pierced copper cover.
Clay: hard, ringing
Glaze: gray-white, closely crackled.
Decoration: in gray-blue, under glaze.

To 1892
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1892 [1]

From 1892 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1892 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, 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
Takayanagi Tozo 高柳陶造 (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan, Kyoto ware, porcelain
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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