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.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Honma Kosa (C.L. Freer source) 1842-1909
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
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 on outside and incised just outside footrim: "Popular sentiment represents the will of Heaven"
The vessel shape and bold brush application are intended to evoke Korean bowls roughly brushed with white slip--the so-called hakeme effect. Such bowls found favor among devotees of matcha, the whipped green tea consumed in the tea ceremony. But in this set, the diminutive size points to another form of tea drinking: sencha, the steeped tea which became widely popular at the beginning of the Meiji era. The aphorism inscribed on the sides of each piece, "The will of the people is the will of Heaven," has just the kind of scholarly flavor the devotees of sencha admired. Such a style is unique for Ken'ya, since most of his decorations feture stereotypical Kenzan flowers and grasses.
- Published References
- , Kawahara Masahiko, Nakazato Tarouemon XII. Toji taikei [Complete Collection of Far Eastern Ceramics]. 48 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1978. vol. 7: pp. 4:13-19.
- Mizuoka Tadanari, Narasaki Shoichi, Seizō Hayashiya. Nihon yakimono shusei. 12 vols., Tokyo, 1980-1982. vol. 1: pp. 150-151.
- Nagasaka Kaneo. Toki Koza. multi-vol., Tokyo, 1938 - 1939. vol. 4: fig. 2:1-18.
- Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 29.
- Mitake Hideyuki. "尾形乾山を引き継いだ陶芸家たち: 三浦乾也一門 =." Potter of Ogata Kenzan believers: Miura Kenya and his partners. Tokyo. p.35, no. 94.
- Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 47, p. 123.
- Ken'ichiro Ono. Toki Daijiten [Encyclopedia of Pottery]. 6 vols., Tokyo. pp. 470-471.
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- Japanese Art
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