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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Probably southern Shaanxi province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip under transparent colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 19.2 x 39.8 x 10 cm (7 9/16 x 15 11/16 x 3 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Ceramic pillow in the form of a mountain consisting of four peaks and three depressions, symmetrically arranged. Hollow. Perforation through middle depression. Cracked and chipped in places.
    Clay: grayish white stoneware.
    Glaze: thin, finely crazed colorless glaze.
    Decoration: On the front, peonies and foliage; on the back, diaper pattern enclosed in two large circles, with spaces filled with foliage and palmettes. Floral scroll in rectangular area on base. The design, in very low relief in white on an ochre ground, is executed in two layers of slip under the glaze. Details incised.
    Bears inscription.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscription, perfunctorily incised on the four peaks, reads from left to right. "Chia-yu pa nien ch'i yueh nien-liu jih" (^c^), corresponding to A.D. 1063 (Chia-yu era 8th year 7th month 26th day).
  • Provenance

    To 1970
    Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY [1]
    From 1970 to 1974
    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, New York
    From 1974
    Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Agnes E. Meyer [2]
    [1] The object was part of the Estate of Agnes E. Meyer.
    [2] The object was transferred to the Freer Gallery on January 9, 1973. In 1974 it was confirmed that the transfer of this object to the Freer Gallery from the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation had been approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors on December 14, 1972 and the object was accessioned into the collection.
  • 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)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
  • Origin

    Probably southern Shaanxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
  • Type

    Furniture and Furnishing
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