Longquan ware funerary jar

Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, late 10th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Longquan ware
H x W: 37 x 16.5 cm (14 9/16 x 6 1/2 in)
China, Zhejiang province, Lishui or Longquan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Funerary jar

China, green glaze, Longquan ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware

From at least 1954 to 1959
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least December 6, 1954 [1]

From 1959
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 11, 1959 [2]


[1] See John A. Pope's letter to Frank Caro of C. T. Loo & Co., dated December 6, 1954, in which he requests shipment of the jar to the Freer Gallery, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, issued by Frank Caro, dated June 11, 1959, copy on object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948


Graves in Zhejiang Province have yielded tall, long-necked lidded jars like this one buried together with a ewer and a vase bearing multiple false spouts on the shoulder. The three items appear to have constituted a set of burial offerings, and this type of jar most likely contained grain, which perhaps was meant to sustain the deceased for eternity. The incised decor and olive green glaze show the influence of Yaozhou ware.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 35.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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