Storage jar (lei)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1200 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Unglazed white pottery
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 33.3 × 30.3 × 31.1 cm (13 1/8 × 11 15/16 × 12 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Jar (mouth broken and repaired).
    Clay: hard, white, unglazed.
    Decoration: carved design in countersunk relief in two registers. Three pierced knobs in true relief in the form of water-buffalo heads. Traces of red pigment around neck.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Tonying and Company 通運公司 (established 1902)
  • Provenance

    To 1939
    Tonying and Company, New York [1]
    From 1939
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying and Company, New York [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 24a: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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