Box in the shape of a fish dragon

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th-17th century
  • Geography

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Material

    Gray porcelain with transparent green, yellow and purple enamels.
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 4.8 x 4.5 x 7.7 cm (1 7/8 x 1 3/4 x 3 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The small ceramic box has a lid made of fine, gray porcelain (visible at a chip) with transparent green, yellow and purple enamels. Box in the shape of a Fish Dragon.
  • Provenance

    To 1982
    Helen Dalling Ling (1901-1982), Singapore. [1]
    From 1982 to 2004
    Ann S. Ling, Potomac, Maryland, by gift or inheritance from her mother-in-law, Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982). [2]
    From 2004
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Ann S. Ling, Potomac, Maryland. [3]
    [1] According to Louise Cort, the object was probably collected during the period Helen D. Ling lived in Singapore and operated an antique shop there between 1951 and 1982. See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
    [2] See Curatorial Remarks 1 and 2 in the object record.
    [3] See Acquisition Consideration form, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Helen D. Ling Collection of Chinese ceramics (January 18 to March 9, 1995)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
    Mrs. Ann S. Ling
  • Origin

    Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of the Ling family from the Helen D. Ling Collection.
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