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Incense container: C.186-1934

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Ogata, Kenzan (1663-1743)




Earthenware base and lid of flat round form. Thrown and turned with inset base, in which is a spiral. Decorated with a full moon in roughened gold, against a black Raku glaze, with two cranes flying. Three spur marks on each piece.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn, RA

Legal notes

Bought from Frank Brangwyn, using the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.30 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934-09-20) by Brangwyn, Frank


Late 17th or early 18th century
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1675 CE - Circa 1725 CE


Its containing bag C.186B-1934

Components of the work

Decoration composed of pigment ( cream, black and gold)
Base Diameter 10.60 cm Height 2.10 cm
Lid Diameter 10.70 cm Height 1.70 cm
Rim Of Base Diameter 8.90 cm

Materials used in production

black Raku glaze Glaze

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: KENZAN

  • Text: KENZAN signature
  • Location: On lower side of lid
  • Method of creation: Scratched into glaze
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.186-1934
Primary reference Number: 138213
Old number: BJ.87
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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