Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, late 9th-early 10th century
Stoneware with green glaze
Yue type ware
H x Diam: 6.2 × 18.2 cm (2 7/16 × 7 3/16 in)
China, Possibly Zhejiang province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, green glaze, stoneware, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), Yue ware

To 1917
John Fenning, New York, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from John Fenning in 1917 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2519, 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


This hastily glazed bowl was fired economically in a stack of identical bowls. The small balls of coarse clay used to separate it from bowls below and above left their outlines in the glaze and on the unglazed base. An unidentifed kiln made this bowl, but the stacking technique, related to Yue ware, suggests a location in south China.

Published References
  • Martin P. Amt, Rob Barnard. In Praise of Feet. vol. 18, no. 2 Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, June 1990. p. 22.
  • Louise Allison Cort, Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. p. 101, fig. 4.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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