Ding ware round box with cover

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    11th century
  • Geography

    Hebei province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with transparent ivory-toned glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 4.6 x 10.7 cm (1 13/16 x 4 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Low round box with cover.
    Clay: creamy white porcelain, medium grain.
    Glaze: transparent, smooth, off-white.
    Decoration: none.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1947 to 1961
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least November 1947 [1]
    From 1961
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on May 3, 1961 [2]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. CHL 7/913 / RR35: "Porcelain round seal box on a low foot ring expanding side to a straight border, cover slightly domed, finely potted and coated with a delicate creamy white glaze from Yin Chou Yao. Sung," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was imported from China in November 1947.
    [2] See C. T. Loo & Co.'s invoice, dated May 3, 1961, copy in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Ceramics: 10th–13th Century (November 5, 2011 to December 7, 2015)
    Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (November 4, 2006 to January 7, 2008)
    Black and White: Chinese Ceramics from the 10th-14th Centuries (December 18, 2004 to November 7, 2010)
    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)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Origin

    Hebei province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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