Yaozhou type bowl with molded decoration

Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, 12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou-type ware
H x W: 6.5 x 21.1 cm (2 9/16 x 8 5/16 in)
China, Henan province, Xin'an prefecture, Chengguan kiln
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, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, Yaozhou ware

To 1919
You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [1]

Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi in 1919 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2616, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century


This bowl is probably from the Chengguan kilns. Many workshops competed with the Yaozhou kilns by producing similar wares; sometimes only subtle differences distinguish the wares. This Yaozhou-type bowl was covered uniformly with two layers of glaze, including inside the footring. The bowl's overall green color reveals its manufacture outside Yaozhou. The decoration was imparted by a much-used mold that was worn at the center; hand carving sharpened the details.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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