Tomb jar with lid, of the type lien

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 1st-early 3rd century
  • Geography

    Loyang, Henan province, China
  • Material

    Earthenware with copper-green lead-silicate glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 19.7 × 20.1 cm (7 3/4 × 7 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Cylindrical covered jar with jar, of the type lien, on three low feet.
    Body: medium grained brick red clay, fairly soft.
    Glaze: soft lead glaze, dark green with fine crackle and much iridescence and deterioration; yellowish brown inside.
    Decoration: cover molded with two sawtooth bands, cloud band, central quatrefoil; two monster masks with rings applied on sides.
  • Provenance

    To 1954
    Alice Boney (1910-1988), New York [1]
    From 1954
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Alice Boney, New York [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (November 4, 2006 to January 7, 2008)
    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics (March 7, 1957 to January 1, 1963)
    Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 13 (November 10, 1955 to March 1, 1957)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Alice Boney (1901-1988)
  • Origin

    Loyang, Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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