Cizhou ware whistle in the form of a demon head

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th century
  • Geography

    China
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip and two shades of iron pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 5.6 x 5.2 cm (2 3/16 x 2 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1915.312
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1915.312

Object Details

  • Description

    Demon head, modelled hollow with two eye perforations.
    Clay: hard, buff.
    Glaze: cream-white.
    Decoration: details added in black and red, over glaze.
    Contains stickers on the bottom.
  • Marks

    Contains dealer stickers on the bottom.
  • Provenance

    To 1915
    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, to 1915 [1]
    From 1915 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, in 1915 [2]
    From 1920
    The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2441, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) was a collector and dealer born in Shanghai, China. After he left Shanghai in 1910, he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Musical Instrument
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