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Medicine case (inro) with design of iris bridges (yatsuhashi); one of a set with F1984.45b (ojime) and F1984.45c (netsuke)

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Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)  Search this
Reddish-buff clay; pigments, enamels under transparent lead glaze
H x W x D: 8 x 7 x 1.5 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 9/16 in)
Mukojima, Tokyo, Japan
mid-19th century
Edo period
Description: Four-part inro in form of flattened rectangle with rounded corners (probably derived from the coin called ryo). The inset rim of each of the three compartments fits into the base of the compartment above it or into the lid. The four components are secured by a blue-green silk cord passing through two holes in each of the elements, tied in a bow below and secured by the bead (F1984.45b) above and atttached to the toggle (F1984.45c) at the end.
Clay: Light red, fine-grained earthenware.
Glaze: clear, colorless lead glaze, crackled.
Decoration: in underglaze pigments (black, purple, green, blue, white, orange), similar designs of iris and eight-fold bridge (yatsuhashi), stream and banks, bands of mist, on both sides; flying bird on one side only.
Signature: Ken'ya, written in black pigment inside rectangular frame, on lower edge of bottom compartment; concealed by knotted cord.
To about 1979
Mr. Hadad, to about 1979 [1]
About 1979
Stanley D. Fishman, Silver Spring, MD, about 1979
From 1984
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Stanley D. Fishman in 1984
[1] According to Mr. Fishman, this piece was acquired circa 1979 from a gallery on Wisconsin Avenue run by a Mr. Hadad (see Curatorial Note 5, Louise Cort, July 27, 2004, in object record).
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics (December 9, 2001 to October 27, 2002)
Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
Previous custodian or owner:
Stanley D. Fishman
Edo period (1615 - 1868)  Search this
water  Search this
iris  Search this
river  Search this
medicine  Search this
bridge  Search this
Japan  Search this
Japanese Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley D. Fishman
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery