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Foot and lower wall of iron-glazed stoneware bowl

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    9th-early 10th century
  • Geography

    Qionglai, Sichuan province, China
  • Material

    Glazed stoneware, wheel-thrown
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 1.4 x 7.4 x 6.9 cm (9/16 x 2 15/16 x 2 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Footring and lower wall of a small bowl. Unglazed interior of the bevelled foot ring has a conical protrusion which rises 0.2 - 0.3 cm above the bottom of the bowl. Footring is 4.5 cm in diameter. The wall of the bowl is roughly 0.4 cm thick.
    Clay: Fine-grained, dark gray with few inclusions and many small air pockets. Body burned dark tan where exposed to kiln atmosphere during firing.
    Glaze: Light tan/caramel-colored, iron-brown glaze.
    Decoration: Freely drawn underglaze iron/manganese brush strokes which appear dark brown under the caramel glaze. There is also a darker, almost black decoration executed in the same freely painted strokes which have burned through the glaze and which appear a milky bluish-white in color. It is not clear what the motif of the decoration was.
    Marks: None.
  • Provenance

    To 1957
    Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]
    John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, gift of Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [2]
    From 1957
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [3]
    [1] See Curatorial Remarks 3 and 4 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Abu Ridho (born 1927)
    Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
  • Origin

    Qionglai, Sichuan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Pope
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