Jar with four vertical lugs

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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th-mid 20th century
  • Geography

    Guangdong or Fujian province, China or Southern Vietnam
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 66.9 x 35.5 cm (26 5/16 x 14 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Jar with thick, everted rim, long neck, four vertical lugs, slender body, incised and appliqued decoration, and amber-brown glaze.
    Clay: fine-grained, light gray stoneware clay, wheel-thrown and thin.
    Glaze: mottled, translucent iron-tinted glaze on exterior, ranging from golden-amber to dull brown depending on thickness and firing. Thin iron-tinted wash on interior.
    Decoration: Four wide vertical lugs evenly spaced around shoulder at base of neck. Wide upper end of lug pressed onto shoulder with edge facing down, bent upward and outward; tapered lower end pressed down and attached with pinched, ornamental lobe. Between each pair of lugs, freely incised drawing suggesting a bilaterally-symmetrical spray of flowers. Below them, single horizontal row of evenly spaced round bosses. Below them, several freely-incised horizontal lines. A fragment of the lower body shows incised horizontal lines alternating with incised wavy lines.
  • Inscriptions

    (L.A. Cort, 3 June 1997) There is no inscription.
  • Provenance

    From 1974 to 1978
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Snyder, Vienna, Virginia, purchased in Pakse, Laos. [1]
    From 1978
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Synder, Vienna, Virginia. [2]
    [1] The donors lived in Laos from 1966 to 1975. In 1974 the donors purchased the jar in Pakse from a local peddler, from the hill tribes of Southern Laos. For further details see letters from Robert Snyder dated February 15, 1978 and March 25, 1998, copies in object file, Collections Management Office. See also Curatorial Remarks 1 and 2 in the object record.
    [2] See letter from the Freer Gallery of Art to Robert Snyder dated April 14, 1978, copy in object file, Collections Management Office. See also Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Snyder
  • Origin

    Guangdong or Fujian province, China or Southern Vietnam
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snyder
  • Type

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