Fragment of the base, wall, and rim of a small celadon bowl

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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th century
  • Geography

    Longquan, Zhejiang province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7 x 9.5 x 6.2 cm (2 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 7/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Fragment of a small celadon bowl. Wheel thrown. The shard includes part of the footring, wall, and rim of the bowl. Height of the footring is approximately 1.5 cm on the outside and 1.1 cm on the inside. The wall of the bowl is 0.9 cm thick immediately above the foot and 0.4 cm thick at the rim. The footring is well-carved and bevelled/rounded on the outside bottom edge.
    Clay: Very fine, light gray stoneware clay with a moderate number of fine black inclusions and small air pockets. The gray clay burned brick-red where exposed to the kiln atmosphere.
    Glaze: Unctuous, translucent, thick apple-green celadon. The bubbly glaze is uncrackled and covers the footring as well as the mouth of the bowl. The inside of the foot has an unglazed ring which was used to support the bowl during firing.
    Decoration: The outside wall displays incised lotus petals which extend from the top of the footring almost to the rim. The mirror appears to have borne at least two impressed fish although only the very ends of the tails are visible on the shard. The fish were enclosed by two incised circles.
    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

    Longquan, Zhejiang province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Pope
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