Jar

Oil-jar, tall, with ovoidal body tapering to the foot; three loop handles. Body impregnated with oil.
Clay: soft, gray-white.
Glaze: originally deep leaf-green, crackled; russet brown and golden discolorations, slight iridescence, (broken and chipped).

Historical period(s)
16th-17th century?
Medium
Stone-paste painted under glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 49.2 × 30.1 cm (19 3/8 × 11 7/8 in)
Geography
Syria
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1905.61
On View Location
Freer Gallery 09: The Power to See Beauty
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
iridescence, Syria
Provenance

To 1905
Siegfried Bing (1838-1905) Paris, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Siegfried Bing in 1905 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1373, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Siegfried Bing (C.L. Freer source) 1838-1905
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Oil-jar, tall, with ovoidal body tapering to the foot; three loop handles. Body impregnated with oil.
Clay: soft, gray-white.
Glaze: originally deep leaf-green, crackled; russet brown and golden discolorations, slight iridescence, (broken and chipped).

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 37, fig. 2.9.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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