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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 15th-16th century
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt pigment
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 3.9 x 5.3 cm (1 9/16 x 2 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Covered box with flat lid, tapering body, and flat base.
    Clay: porcelain; buff with orange oxidation at edges of glaze.
    Glaze: translucent white with blue-gray tint, matte, coarsely crackled; interior of body and center of interior of lid glazed.
    Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. On lid, thick and thin double line surrounding central medallion containing eight-pointed foliate motif. Five foliate clusters spaced around edge of lid, above single line near rim. On body, double line below rim and single line above base, framing three floral sprays interspersed with single flowers or insects.
    Mark: none.
  • Provenance

    From 1959 to 1989
    Dean Frasché, Greenwich, CT, acquired in Jakarta in 1959 [1]
    From 1989
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dean Frasché in 1989
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 2 in the 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

    Dean Frasché (1906-1994)
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dean Frasché
  • Type

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