Grain server (yu)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1250-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Unglazed gray earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 11 × 16.8 cm (4 5/16 × 6 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Gray pottery bowl in shape of yu. Bowl-shaped vessel, wheel-thrown, with high foot rim added.
    Clay: unglazed pottery clay; surface lightly burnished and gray. Accretions of earth.
    Decoration: Three pairs of horizontal lines on the body incised while the piece was still turning on the wheel, apparently with the use of a carved rib or die. Another horizontal line on the foot. Four small rectangular flanges, with incised horizontal lines, applied equidistantly around the vessel between the top and middle pairs of horizontal lines. The rest of the space between those two pairs of horizontal lines filled by closely spaced vertical lines, incised free hand.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    J.E. Melchior Collection
    Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
    Mr. Tien Gi Ling
  • Provenance

    J.E. Melchior, Shanghai [1]
    To 1982
    Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai and Singapore, acquired from J.E. Melchior, to 1982 [2]
    From 1982 to 1984
    Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, bequeathed by Helen D. Ling in 1982 [3]
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling in 1984 [4]
    [1] According to information supplied by Dr. Ling, Helen Dalling Ling acquired this object from the J.E. Melchior collection. Helen Dalling Ling 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 (see Curatorial Note 5 in object record).
    [2] According to Curatorial Note 5 in object record.
    [3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

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