Storage jar (zun)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1250-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Unglazed gray earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 23.3 × 18.2 cm (9 3/16 × 7 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Gray pottery beaker in the shape of a tsun (Chn)
    Wheel-thrown vessel, nearly cylindrical with everted rim, with high footrim (cylinder with everted base) added. Closely spaced turning marks on the interior.
    Clay: fine-grained unglazed pottery clay, well polished and gray on surface. Accretions of earth.
    Decoration: The body is divided, apparently by the use of a carved rib or die in the final stage of throwing, into five zones, separated by paired or triple "bowstring" lines. The zones at top, bottom, and center are filled by evenly spaced pairs of vertical lines, incised freehand. In all three of these zones, two vertical flanges with incised horizontal lines alternate with two plain circular bosses, the four spaced equidistantly around the vessel and arranged so flanges in the top and bottom zone frame a boss in the central zone, or vice versa. On the base, two pairs of horizontal "bowstring" lines, also formed with die or during the turning process, divide the base into three equal zones.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
    James G. Ling
    Dr. and Mrs. James G. and Ann S. Ling
  • Provenance

    To 1949
    Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai and Singapore, to 1949 [1]
    From 1949 to 1984
    James G. Ling, Bethesda, Maryland, given by Helen D. Ling in 1949 [2]
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by James G. and Ann S. Ling in 1984 [3]
    [1] Helen Dalling Ling was a collector who operated The Green Dragon antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950, and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 to 1982. According to James G. Ling, this object was collected in China during the war (see Curatorial Note 7 in object record).
    [2] According to Curatorial Note 7 in the object record.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling in memory of the collector and connoisseur Helen Dalling Ling
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 23b: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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