Cizhou ware jar with wide mouth and two strap handles

Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, 12th century
Stoneware with white slip ribbing under two layers of iron glaze
Cizhou-type ware
H x W: 28.6 x 27.6 cm (11 1/4 x 10 7/8 in)
China, Henan, Hebei, or Shandong province
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

To 1945
Mathias Komor, New York. [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mathias Komor, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mathias Komor 1909-1984


Jars of this type were made at various kilns in northern China that produced the varieties of wares classed as Cizhou ware, named after the kiln site in Cizhou county, Hebei province. The smooth surface of the lustrous black glaze is broken by vertical ribbing made by applying thin trails of slip (liquid clay).

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 23.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. .
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 124, vol. 1: p. 178.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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