Cizhou ware jar with wide mouth and two strap handles

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th century
  • Geography

    Henan, Hebei, or Shandong province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip ribbing under two layers of iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 28.6 x 27.6 cm (11 1/4 x 10 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tz'u-chou ware -- Northern black ware. A large jar with a wide mouth and two strap-handles; bold foot ring.
    Body: porcellanous stoneware; buff colored clay.
    Glaze and decoration: the shoulder and strap-handles are covered with a delicate applied ribbing under a lustrous dark brown glaze having a minute gray speckling; lower body with a shiny brown glaze roughened by adhesions.
  • Provenance

    To 1945
    Mathias Komor, New York. [1]
    From 1945
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mathias Komor, New York. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Black and White: Chinese Ceramics from the 10th-14th Centuries (December 18, 2004 to November 7, 2010)
    Chinese Ceramics (March 15, 1982 to July 10, 1986)
    Chinese Art (March 9, 1981 to March 12, 1982)
    Chinese Ceramics (May 9, 1980 to March 6, 1981)
    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
    Chinese Calligraphy and Ceramics (April 18, 1977 to April 8, 1978)
    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics, 1955 (September 19, 1955 to November 10, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1946 (May 6, 1946 to November 17, 1955)
    Special Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1946 (August 7, 1946 to January 7, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mathias Komor (1909-1984)
  • Origin

    Henan, Hebei, or Shandong province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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