Vase

Celadon-Longquan type.
Vase: Bottle shaped with tall cylindrical neck surrounded by a flat horizontal ring flange about one third of the way up.
Body: Fine-grained, vitreous, light gray porcelain, fired reddish brown on foot rim.
Glaze: thick, opaque, gray-green celadeon filled with minute bubbles many of which have burst on surface leaving tiny gray flecks; covers whole vessel and inside of base, leaving only foot-rim bare. Nicked on one side.
Decoration: None.

Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, first half 14th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
Longquan ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 16.5 × 7.2 cm (6 1/2 × 2 13/16 in)
Geography
China, Zhejiang province, Longquan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1946.9
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
China, green glaze, Longquan ware, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Celadon-Longquan type.
Vase: Bottle shaped with tall cylindrical neck surrounded by a flat horizontal ring flange about one third of the way up.
Body: Fine-grained, vitreous, light gray porcelain, fired reddish brown on foot rim.
Glaze: thick, opaque, gray-green celadeon filled with minute bubbles many of which have burst on surface leaving tiny gray flecks; covers whole vessel and inside of base, leaving only foot-rim bare. Nicked on one side.
Decoration: None.

Label

The thick, bubbly glaze and pale gray clay body are typical of Longquan ware of this period. Potters deliberately ground glaze materials coarsely and slightly under fired the vessels to achieve this lustrous, jadelike glaze. Bottles like this were made for use within Buddhist temples; they held either flowers or a candle. They were also exported.

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