Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

伝尾形乾山 松文水差
Water Jar (Mizusashi) with Pine Trees

Attributed to Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743)
Edo period (1615–1868)
ca. 1720
Stoneware with underglaze iron oxide; lacquer cover
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.614a, b
Not on view
This mizusashi is a container that would have been used in the tea ceremony to hold fresh water to rinse the tea bowls or fill the kettle. The potter coated the dark clay ground of this jar in a white slip, providing a light background for painting. The trunks of the stylized pine trees were painted in almost calligraphic strokes, while the leafy tops seem almost like puffs of clouds.
The style is that of Ogata Kenzan (1663–1743), though this jar was probably produced by one of his followers. Kenzan was an amateur painter and potter active in the Edo period, and was known for his painterly, decorative wares.
Marking: (Impressed seal on base, undeciphered)
Related Objects

Dish with Design of Maple Leaves in a Stream

Artist: Style of Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743) Date: 19th century Medium: Stoneware with colored enamels (Kyoto ware) Accession: X.127 On view in:Not on view

Water Pot

Artist: Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743) Date: 18th century Medium: Clay covered with white and black glazes and decorated on the white parts under the glaze (Kenzan style) Accession: 93.1.180 On view in:Not on view


Artist: Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743) Date: 18th century Medium: Porcelain decorated in blue under the glaze, polychrome enamels over the glaze (Kenzan ware) Accession: 93.1.27 On view in:Not on view

Water jar

Artist: Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743) Date: ca. 1705 Medium: Cylindrical, the flat cover inset; hard, light clay; bluish-gray glaze, streaked showing white underglaze; snowy landscape with figures in boat modeled in white and brown slip, in low relief; meander borders in white and blue (Tokyo ware) Accession: 36.120.634a, b On view in:Not on view


Artist: Ogata Kenzan (Japanese, 1663–1743) Date: ca. 1720 Medium: Oblong with upturned rim; gray clay; crackled cream glaze; inside, chrysanthemum sprays and poem, in brown; outer rim, conventional floral diaper in blue (Tokyo ware) Accession: 36.120.635 On view in:Not on view