Box with three sculpted lotus flowers inside

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 12th-early 13th century
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with transparent pale blue (qingbbai) glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 4.4 x 9.1 cm (1 3/4 x 3 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Box of six-lobed shape with cover: inside are three nutshell-like cups between curling stems; inscription; slight break in rim.
    Body: high-fired white porcelain with fine black specks and two brownish burned areas; rims and base unglazed.
    Glaze: pale, transparent, greenish-blue.
    Decoration: form only.
  • Provenance

    Peter Johannes Bahr (died circa 1928), Shanghai, purchased in China [1]
    To 1916
    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, acquired from his brother, Peter Johannes Bahr, to 1916 [2]
    From 1916 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, in 1916 [3]
    From 1920
    The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] According to F1916.198a-b, Curatorial Remark 3, Charles Lang Freer, in the object record, F1916.197 and F1916.243 were bought from A. W. Bahr in February 1916, and were said by him to have been purchased by his brother Peter in China.
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 2474, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] 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
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Ceramics (March 15, 1982 to July 10, 1986)
    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Peter Johannes Bahr (1882-1929)
    Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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