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Curved fragment from body of vase or jar

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th century
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

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

    H x W: 9.2 x 11.2 cm (3 5/8 x 4 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Curved fragment from body of vase or jar.
    White porcelain, paste shows rough fracture, air-holes, some inclusions of impurities (iron?).
    Transparent "aqua," high-lustre Ch'ing pai glaze, irregular crackle. Inside unglazed, with marks of smoothing and what may be luted joint between top and bottom sections of body. (Do not observe evidence of joint in cross-section.)
    Decorated with applied "beaded string," a Yuan type. Design section remaining shows a conventionalized cloud motif flanked triangularly by wavy line which could be a repeat medallion or collar enclosing another motif.
    Porcelain sherd with light blue underglaze and clear overglaze. Exterior has raised design elements.
  • Provenance

    From 1945-6 to 1957
    John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, collected between 1945 and 1946 in Beijing, China. [1]
    From 1957
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [2]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Study Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe (January 24 to May 7, 2000)
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Pope
  • Type

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