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Incense container: C.303 & A-1934

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Ogata, Kenzan (1663-1743)




Moulded stoneware incense container and lid of very irregular flat form. Lid shows river in white and blue, pine trees in dark brown, half-moon and clouds in gold. Inside both lid and base, white and blue hazy clouds on gold background. Sides of base and lid have geometric pattern in blue. Spur marks on base.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn, RA

Legal notes

Bought from Frank Brangwyn, using the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.20 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Production date: AD 1705 : 1705 AD is the Japanese Houei the 4th year

Components of the work

Decoration composed of pigments ( white, blue, dark brown and gold)
Rim Diameter 12.20 cm
Lid Diameter 12.80 cm Height 1.40 cm
Base Diameter 12.80 cm Height 2.20 cm

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 14 characters and 2 seals in blue brush work in square boarder
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Brush work
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.303 & A-1934
Primary reference Number: 74338
Old number: BJ.48
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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