Ewer with cup-shaped lid

Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, late 10th-early 11th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou ware
H x W: 15.1 x 10.2 cm (5 15/16 x 4 in)
China, Shaanxi province, Huangbao township, Yaozhou kilns
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, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, Yaozhou ware

To 1919
You Xiaoxi, Shanghai, to 1919 [1]

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

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2624, 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


A single coat of thin glaze over a light gray clay body created the pale gray-green color on this ewer. The round belly is segmented to recall a melon, and the spout has two channels said to create an especially attractive flow of liquid. The single coat of glaze is typical of the earliest Yaozhou celadon ware.

Published References
  • Dongqing Fan. Song Dynasty Yaozhou and Jun Wares in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 42, no. 3. pp. 24-29, pl. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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