Jian ware tea bowl

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th-13th century
  • Geography

    Fujian province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 5 x 13 cm (1 15/16 x 5 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tea bowl, flaring from small shallow-cut foot to slightly everted rim. Perfect condition.
    Clay: blackish stoneware, rusty brown areas on some of the exposed surface of unglazed base.
    Glaze: high-fired "slip glaze" type, streaked "hare's fur" browns, runs a little onto foot, pools in bottom.
  • Provenance

    Estate of the Honorable William R. Castle. [1]
    To 1970
    Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow, by inheritance from the estate of the Honorable William R. Castle. [2]
    From 1970
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow. [3]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.
    [2] The object came to the Freer Study Collection in 1970. It was transferred to the permanent collection in 1979. Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow are the heirs of the Estate of the Honorable W.R. Castle. See note 1 and correspondences in the object file, Collections Management Office. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Estate of William Richards Castle (1849-1935)
    Alan, Donald and David Winslow
  • Origin

    Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Alan, David and Donald Winslow
  • Type

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