Yaozhou ware bowl

Historical period(s)
Jin dynasty, 12th-mid 13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou ware
H x W: 3.7 x 9.4 cm (1 7/16 x 3 11/16 in)
China, Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, fish, green glaze, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), Yaozhou ware

From at least 1954 or 1955 to 1961
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least 1954 or 1955 [1]

From 1961
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on May 3, 1961 [2]


[1] See A. G. Wenley's letter to Frank Caro, dated April 25, 1961, in which he lists the dish among the objects left with the Freer Gallery by Caro for consideration of purchase in 1954 and 1955, copy in object file.

[2] See C. T. Loo's & Co.'s invoice, dated May 3, 1961, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948


The olive green color of this Yaozhou bowl results in part from its having been fired in a dome-shaped kiln using coal, the common fuel in north China where firewood was scarce. The translucent blue-green of the nearby Longquan ware bottle was achieved using wood in a long, multichambered "dragon" kiln that stretched tunnel-like up a gentle hill. The different colors of the underlying clay bodies of Longquan and Yaozhou wares also affect the final color of their glazes.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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