Yue ware basin

Historical period(s)
Western Jin dynasty, 265-317
Stoneware with green glaze
Yue ware
H x W: 8.6 x 35.6 cm (3 3/8 x 14 in)
China, Zhejiang Province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Proto-Yue ware, stoneware, Western Jin dynasty (265 - 317), WWII-era provenance, Yue ware
Provenance research underway.

The ornamental appliquéd animal masks and stamped and incised decor recall features of the basin's bronze prototype. The relatively even glaze makes this piece an especially fine example among a large group of similar basins. The basin was fired on small wads of clay typical of the kilns that produce Yue ware; the wads prevented the melted glaze from sticking to the supporting surface during firing.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 6.
  • Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 3: p. 34.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 62.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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