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Kiln tool: tea bowl firing support

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th-13th century
  • Geography

    Shuiji kiln site I, Shuiji, Fujian province, China
  • Material

    Unglazed stoneware
  • Dimension

    W: 5.1 cm (2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Round, flat unglazed coarse-clay disk, withimpression of tea bowl foot.
  • Provenance

    1930s to 1961
    James Marshall Plumer (1899-1960) and Caroline Plumer (1901-1995), Ann Arbor, MI collected this shard from Shuiji Kiln Site 2 when living in China before World War II [1]
    1960 to May 1961
    Caroline Plumer, Ann Arbor, MI assumed full ownership upon her husband's death in June 1960 [2]
    From May 1961
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Caroline Plumer [3]
    [1] See inventory card from the Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection, copy in object file. The Plumers inventoried this object as T I 14.
    [2] Mr. Plumer died on June 15, 1960. Mrs. Plumer dispersed of her husband's collection the following year, making several gifts and sales to museums and private collectors.
    [3] Ms. Plumer presented this object, along with 24 other shards of pottery, to the Freer Gallery of Art. See: Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    James Marshall Plumer (1899-1960)
    Caroline L. Plumer (1901-1995)
  • Origin

    Shuiji kiln site I, Shuiji, Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Caroline Plumer
  • Type

    Tool and Equipment
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