Wajiaping ware ewer

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    9th century
  • Geography

    Changsha, Hunan province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under straw-colored glaze; gold lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 15.2 × 13.4 cm (6 × 5 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Ewer, short tapered octagonal spout, triple strap handle, two smaller triple-strap loop handles, all high on shoulder; thrown shape, flat base, extensive gold lacquer restorations on handle and lip.
    Clay: light brown stoneware, light in weight.
    Glaze: Straw color, transparent, finely crackled alkaline glaze stopping at foot over a whitish slip which stops 1 to 1 1/2 cm. above foot. Patches of brown.
    Decoration: Sprig-molded appliques of 3 figures with patches of iron brown applied irregularly over them.
  • Provenance

    Okudaira Takehiko [1]
    To 1982
    Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott, Washington, DC, to 1982
    From 1982
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott in 1982
    [1] According to Dr. Yutaka Mino, Okudaira Takehiko discusses this object in his article, "Chosen shutsudo no Shina tojiki zakken (Brief note on Chinese ceramics found in Korea)," Toji vol. 9, no. 2 (1937), pp. 1-11, fig. 2-B.
    At the time Okudaira wrote his article, the object, which had been found in a stone pagoda in a foundation in Korea, was part of his personal collection (see Curatorial Note 3, T. Lawton, 1984, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Rediscovering Korea’s Past (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires (May 9, 1993 to January 28, 2007)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Okudaira Takehiko 奥平武彦 (1900-1943)
    Senator and Mrs. Hugh Scott
  • Origin

    Changsha, Hunan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Hugh Scott
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 14: Rediscovering Korea's Past
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