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At A Glance

  • Period

    5th-3rd century BCE
  • Geography

    Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with remnants of slip and glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 6.8 x 9.4 x 9.4 cm (2 11/16 x 3 11/16 x 3 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Small cup. Wheel-thrown vessel with throwing marks visible on interior. Plain rim. Base beveled. Flat bottom with string-cutting mark.
    Clay: fine-grained unfused stoneware, grayish beige on surface of walls, orange-beige on foot and interior at bottom.
    Decoration: Two horizontal guidelines incised, widely spaced, on wheel, the area between them filled by closely spaced vertical grooves incised by hand.
  • Provenance

    To ?
    J.E. Melchior collection, Shanghai. [1]
    To 1982
    Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982), Shanghai and Singapore. [2]
    From 1982 to 1984
    Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, by bequest from his wife, Helen Dalling Ling in May 1982. [3]
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore. [4]
    [1] According to Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Mrs. Helen D. Ling acquired the object from the J.E. Melchior Collection in Shanghai. Also see Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.
    [2] 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 until her death in 1982.
    [3] Helen Dalling Ling left a bequest to her husband, Dr. Tien Gi Ling on May 1982.
    [4] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Jacob E. Melchior (died 1945)
    Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
    Mr. Tien Gi Ling
  • Origin

    Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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