Cup with ring handle

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    8th century
  • Geography

    Henan province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 5.4 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm (2 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Small cup with ring handle. Pear-shaped wheel-formed cup with flat base, curving in to contracted neck and thin everted rim. Molded circular handle positioned on shoulder over molded palmetto-shaped boss. Heavy for its size.
    Clay: porcelain, very fine, creamy-white.
    Glaze: transparent, slightly ivory-toned, uneven in thickness, somewhat decomposed. Ends over unglazed foot.
  • Provenance

    To 1982
    Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982), Shanghai and Singapore. [1]
    From 1982 to 1984
    Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, by bequest from his wife, Helen Dalling Ling in May 1982. [2]
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore. [3]
    [1] According to Dr. Tien Gi Ling, this object was in Mrs. Helen D. Ling’s general collection and was probably acquired in Singapore. Also see Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.
    [2] Helen Dalling Ling left a bequest to her husband, Dr. Tien Gi Ling on May 1982.
    [3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires (May 9, 1993 to January 28, 2007)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
    Mr. Tien Gi Ling
  • Origin

    Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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