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Ofuke ware vase for Buddhist altar

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1868
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, rice-straw ash glaze
Seto ware, Ofuke type
H x W x D: 34.9 x 10.9 x 10.9 cm (13 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 4 5/16 in)
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Light gray clay. Two lion-head-shaped loop handles. Incised decoration on neck and base; molded and hand-formed relief decor of peonies accented with under-glaze cobalt blue. Clear glaze, crackled, yellow-green where thick. Splashed on both sides of neck with opaque bluish white unofu glaze. Clear glaze on inside.
Ofuke ware is associated with a kiln operated by Seto potters within Nagoya Castle, but certain Mino kilns also made Ofuke-style ware. Ofuke ware was made for private use and distribution by the Owari Tokugawa house, rulers of the domain that encompassed both Seto and Mino.

To 1901
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1901 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]


[1] See Pottery List, L. 1007, 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
Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (C.L. Freer source) (1867-1940)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
altar, Buddhism, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, peony, Seto ware, Ofuke type, stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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