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13th-14th century


Yuan dynasty

Porcelain with translucent bluish (qingbai) glaze
H: 37.4 W: 23.2 cm
Southeast China, Southeastern China

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1897.58

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This bottle with carved decor of floral vinescrolls accented by combing bears a translucent glaze tinted pale blue by a small percentage of iron. This glaze, called qingbai ("shadowy blue"), was used on porcelain vessels made in the vicinity of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, as well as at many kilns in adjacent provinces in southeastern China. Many bottles of this shape were exported to Japan, where they were owned by Buddhist temples or warrior families. Charles Lang Freer acquired this bottle from a Japanese dealer.