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Set of six sake or sencha cups with slip design and inscription
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Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)
Brown clay; white slip, iron pigment under transparent lead glaze
H x Diam (overall): 4.3 x 7.7 cm (1 11/16 x 3 1/16 in)
late 19th century
Small ovoidal, on bold, unglazed foot.
Clay: thin, grayish, Raku-type earthenware.
Glaze: brilliant iridescent lead glaze; cream hakeme over warm gray.
Belonging to a set: F1904.429.1-8 (given to Freer as a group but unrelated to other pieces in "set").
In iron inside footrim: Ken'ya.
In iron on outside and incised just outside footrim: "Popular sentiment represents the will of Heaven"
Kosa Honma (1842-1909), to 1904 
From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Kosa Honma in 1904 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1310, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
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Previous custodian or owner:
Honma Kosa (1842-1909) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Meiji era (1868 - 1912)
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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