Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, 12th century
Stoneware with Jun glaze and copper pigment
Jun ware
H x W: 28 x 12.8 cm (11 x 5 1/16 in)
China, Henan province, Yuxian
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), Jun ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Pear-shaped bottles or vases with elongated, gently everted necks appear in Jun ware as well as other northern ceramic wares of the twelfth century. The semi-opaque sky-blue glaze of some Jun ware vessels approximates that of Ru ware, but other pieces like this bottle bear splashes of copper pigment fired to a red or purple color.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 19.
  • Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 3: p. 107.
  • Daniel Rhodes. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Arts and Crafts Series New York. pp. 32-33.
  • Chinese Art Society of America. Chinese Art Recently Acquired by American Museums. vol. 5 Honolulu. p. 73, fig. 11.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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