Yue ware ewer

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    9th-10th century
  • Geography

    Zhejiang Province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 17.1 x 13 cm (6 3/4 x 5 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Ewer, wheel-thrown with flaring mouth, handle formed as a double roll, straight-sided foot trimmed shallow inside; rough and chipped on edge of foot-rim, one chip on lip.
    Clay: fine gray stoneware.
    Glaze: celadon; thin, feldspathic, transparent pale olive-green, uneven coverage, a few areas on body and foot very thin and flaky on handle and lip. An uneven and very fine crackle or crazing occurs on well over half the vessel. Those areas are of light yellowish-green putty color, while the non-crazed areas are smooth and gray in appearance. Base unglazed.
    Decoration: none.
  • Provenance

    To 1974
    Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [1]
    From 1974
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [2]
    [1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
    Shades of Green and Blue: Chinese Celadon Ceramics (July 15, 1997 to September 7, 2004)
    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)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein
  • Origin

    Zhejiang Province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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