Yaozhou ware bowl with molded design of two infants among foliage

Historical period(s)
Jin dynasty, 12th-mid 13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou ware
H x W: 4.9 x 12.1 cm (1 15/16 x 4 3/4 in)
China, Shaanxi province, Huangbao, Yaozhou kilns
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, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), WWII-era provenance, Yaozhou ware
Provenance research underway.

This bowl bears the thin, translucent, olive green glaze characteristic of Yaozhou ware, the representative celadon of north China. The glaze makes visible the fine detail of mold-impressed decoration, consisting of two chubby boys bearing floral scrolls, which symbolizes a wish for male progeny.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 37.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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