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Sake bottle: C.246-1934

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Hosho




Stoneware bottle of gourd shape with short neck. Thrown, turned and altered, with three indentations on body. Shiny black neck. Shoulder decorated on wheel with radial brush strokes in white slip. Lower side sponged with white slip. Final thin black wash over body. Finger marks show where the piece was held when decorating. Cord mark on base.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangywn, RA

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.60 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Agano ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Edo Period (Japanese period, 1615-1868), Late
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1825 CE


Morse 1478 shows same mark

Components of the work

Neck composed of black pigment ( shiny black neck)
Lower Side composed of slip ( white)
Shoulder composed of slip ( white)
All Except Neck composed of black pigment
Base Daimeter 9.20 cm
Bottle Diameter 14.10 cm
Rim Diameter 2.80 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: impressed mark and spiral, done twice
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: finger marks show where the piece was held when decoration

  • Text: finger marks
  • Location: Around the base of the bottle
  • Method of creation: Finger marks
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: cord mark
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.246-1934
Primary reference Number: 73548
Old number: B.156
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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