Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, 11th-early 12th century
Stoneware with white slip (stained pink) under clear glaze
Cizhou ware
H x W: 7.6 x 20 cm (3 x 7 7/8 in)
China, Hebei province, Cizhou country, Guantai kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Cizhou ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware

To 1915
John Fenning, New York, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from John Fenning in 1915 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2423, 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) and Custodian(s)

John Fenning (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


A pink color suffuses the white slip coating this bowl beneath a clear glaze. According to a Chinese archaeologist who excavated the kiln site where this bowl was probably made, fragments of vessels with similar pink coloration were found in the site. He suggested that the pink color appeared on occasions when, after the peak firing temperature was reached, the kiln did not start to cool but continued to hold a high temperature.

Published References
  • Sigisbert Chrétien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. fig. 303.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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