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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 8th-late 3rd century BCE
  • Geography

    Gansu province, China
  • Material

    Unglazed stoneware
  • Dimension

    H x W: 42.2 x 51 cm (16 5/8 x 20 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Storage jar: strong, bulging shape on wide flat base, formed by building and paddling; short neck and turned out lip.
    Clay: gray, fine-grained, smooth, medium-fired.
    Glaze: none.
    Decoration: none save as produced by paddling technique creating faceting and occasional striated markings. Fewer paddle marks as shape closes, suggesting that some turning was done at this point and to finish mouth. Small hole in lower side wall, probably from an inclusion scuffed out. A number of random scratches are seen in the clay.
  • Provenance

    From 1925 to 1978
    Richard F. Starr, purchased in Lanchow, China, in 1925 [1]
    From 1978
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Starr of Upperville, VA, in 1978
    [1] According to provenance information provided by Richard F. Starr, in two letters held in the object's file (see Curatorial Note 2, T. Lawton, 1979, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Storage Jars of Asia (October 29, 2000 to March 10, 2002)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Starr
  • Origin

    Gansu province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Starr in memory of Langdon Warner
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