Fragment of the lid of a Qingbai-glazed covered box

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th-13th century
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with transparent pale-blue (qingbai) glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 0.5 x 7.2 x 4.2 cm (3/16 x 2 13/16 x 1 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Fragment of the cover of a Qingbai-glazed, porcelain covered box. Shape of the original pot is ambiguous. Shard is judged to be a cover fragment from the potting rings which are detectable on the unglazed underside of the fragment. The shard is 0.4 cm thick.
    Clay: Very white porcelain with a fine sugary texture. There are a few dark inclusions and virtually no air pockets. The porcelain body has oxidized a rust color on portions of the underside of the shard.
    Glaze: Smooth, finely bubbled, uncrackled Qingbai glaze of a delicate bluish tint. The underside of the shard is completely unglazed.
    Decoration: The top of the box cover appears to bear a portion of an impressed design. The motif of the decoration cannot be discerned.
    Marks: None.
  • Provenance

    To 1957
    John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, collected between August 1956 and April 1957 in Angkor, Cambodia. [1]
    From 1957
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [2]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record. See also “Ceramics in Mainland and Southeast Asia: Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery”, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Pope
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