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Cizhou ware bell - National Museum of Asian Art

Cizhou ware bell

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At A Glance

  • Period

    960-1127
  • Geography

    China
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip and iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 8.5 x 7.6 cm (3 3/8 x 3 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1916.596
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1916.596

Object Details

  • Description

    Rattle, pear-shaped, with pierced knob at top; lower body cleft; pebble sounder inside.
    Clay: soft, grayish.
    Glaze: lustrous brown.
    Decoration: in brown glaze on the biscuit
    Contains stickers.
  • Marks

    Contains dealer stickers.
  • Provenance

    To 1916
    Li Wenqing (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1916 [1]
    From 1916 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Li Wenqing, in New York, in 1916 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2448, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [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

    Li Wenqing 李文卿 (ca. 1869-1931) (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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