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Vase in mimikuchi form

Label Text

After Freer purchased this mottled, wine-red—nearly black—glazed vase from Matsuki Bunkyo, he described it as "rare and beautiful." He suspected that its form was influenced by Korean pottery, and therefore believed, erroneously, that the vase was an example of seventeenth-century Satsuma ware. Satsuma ware originated when skilled Korean potters were forcibly relocated following the Japanese Invasions of Korea between 1592 and 1598. Freer's vase, however, is now known to be of more recent date. It is a late nineteenth century example of Kyoto or Seto ware. The form of this vase, with its distinctive wing-shaped handles may be borrowed from prototypes worked in metal.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Kyoto or Seto ware

Dated

19th century

Period

Edo period or Meiji era

Medium

Stoneware with iron glaze; glass-powder repair on base

Dimensions

HxWxD: 33.2 x 37.2 x 19.7 cm

City

Kyoto or Seto

Country

Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

73

Wall

East

Title

Vase in mimikuchi form

Object Number

F1897.32

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/F1897.32.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Vase in mimikuchi form," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1897.32, Item #3171, http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3171 (accessed September 26, 2017).