Vase in the form of an archaic bronze vessel

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Xuande reign, 1426-1435
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Longquan ware
H x Diam: 25.7 × 13.9 cm (10 1/8 × 5 1/2 in)
China, Zhejiang province, Longquan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, green glaze, Longquan ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, WWII-era provenance, Xuande reign (1426 - 1435)
Provenance research underway.

Longquan-ware vases frequently took their forms from ancient Chinese bronze vessels, while their celadon glaze evoked the bronze patina. The tubular handles on the cylindrical neck of this vase copy those on a bronze vessel used for a game of pitching arrows. When not in use, the arrows were placed through the handles.  

Published References
  • Yutaka Mino, Katherine R. Tsiang. Ice and Green Clouds: Traditions of Chinese Celadon. Exh. cat. Indianapolis. .
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 81.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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