Cizhou ware jar with cover

Historical period(s)
Jin dynasty, 12th-mid 13th century
Stoneware with black glaze and iron oxide decoration
Cizhou-type ware
H x W: 8.5 x 12.1 cm (3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Cizhou ware, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), Northern Black ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware

Yamanaka and Company, Washington DC 1929 [1]

From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Washington DC in 1929 [2]


[1] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Yamanaka and Co. 1917 - 1965


This jar made at a northern Chinese kiln bears a geometric floral pattern that suggests a relationship to textile designs. The pattern was painted with iron pigment over the coating of iron-rich glaze; the glaze fired to a nearly black color, while the pattern appears as a subtle russet hue.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 22.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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