Fragment of the base of a covered ceramic box

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with pale blue (qingbai) glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 2.8 x 6.6 x 3 cm (1 1/8 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Shape: Shard consists of a fragment of the base of a covered ceramic box. The box wall is 0.5 cm thick while the base itself is 0.6 cm. The base is flat with no footring.
    Clay: White, very fine-grained, porcelain. There are many fine gray and black inclusions and small air pockets.
    Glaze: The box is glazed with a bubbly, pale seawater-green glaze. The translucent glaze is quite heavily crackled and is darker green where it has pooled. The interior of the box is glazed, as is the outer edge of the bottom. The inner portion of the bottom is unglazed. There is evidence that clay balls were used to separate this pot from its lower neighbor during firing.
    Decoration: None.
    Marks: "ATP" presumably standing for "Angkor Thom Pool" is written in pencil on one broken edge of the shard.
  • 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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