Zhangzhou ware covered box with design of rabbit in moon

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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 W x D: 3.2 x 4.3 x 4.3 cm (1 1/4 x 1 11/16 x 1 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Covered box with domed rim, tapering body and recessed foot.
    Clay: porcelain, cream on rim, buff on base.
    Glaze: translucent white with bluish cast; interior glazed except for rim, base partially glazed; scars of stacking material on edge of foot.
    Decoration: incised single horizontal grooves at upper edge of body and lower edge of lid. Incised vertical grooves, closely spaced, on body between horizontal groove on foot and on lid between horizonal line and painted decoration. In center of lid, in grayish-blue underglaze cobalt, ring enclosing design of rabbit glancing at edge of moon, with blue wash background.
    Mark: none.
  • Provenance

    From 1959
    Dean Frasché, collected in 1959 from Djakarta, Indonesia. [1]
    To 1989
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dean Frasché, Greenwich, Connecticut. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
    Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot (January 31 to July 18, 2004)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dean Frasché (1906-1994)
  • Origin

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dean Frasché
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