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Inkstone box in imitation of Koetsu
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False seal of Hon'ami Koetsu 本阿弥光悦 (1558-1637)
Raku-type earthenware with pigments under lead glaze
H x W: 9.7 x 23.2 cm (3 13/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Raku ware, unknown workshop
Edo period or Meiji era
Clay: soft, dense, white. Raku type.
Glaze: light salmon-pink and cream; crackled.
Decoration: in green, brown, and cream, under glaze: mountain landscape with waning moon (outside of lid), ferns (warabi) and stream (inside lid, base).
Seal on the bottom of base.
Seal: "Koetsu" written with iron pigment on bottom of base, in seal script inside square frame.
Possibly Hachisuka Collection 
Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto, reportedly purchased in Tokushima, province of Awa, circa 1885 
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 
From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, 1986, in the object record, for information regarding the possibility that this object was formerly in the Lord Hachisuka Collection.
 According to Curatorial Remark 5, an Envelope File note, in the object record: "Bunkio Matsuki, 1900: "Old Mr. Ikeda purchased about 15 years ago in Tokushima, Province of Awa."
 See Original Pottery List, L. 790, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900)
Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Edo period (1615 - 1868)
Meiji era (1868 - 1912)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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