Zhangzhou ware jar

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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 16th-early 17th century
  • Geography

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 3.8 x 5.4 cm (1 1/2 x 2 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Small jar, with short slightly tapering neck, globular body and unglazed slightly concave base.
    Clay: porcelain.
    Glaze: translucent and grayish; large random crackle; spills on to foot.
    Decoration: in underglaze cobalt: single line around neck; overlapping petals around shoulder; double line; two shaped panels, each framing a single blossom with foliage, against a ground of "fish-scale" scallops; single line above base.
    Mark: none.
  • Provenance

    About 1968 to 1986
    Dorothy M. Slak, Sarasota, Florida, acquired in Jakarta about 1968 [1]
    From 1986
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dorothy M. Slak in 1986
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 7 in object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Taking Shape: Ceramics in Southeast Asia (April 1, 2007 to December 4, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ms. Dorothy M. Slak
  • Origin

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
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