Longquan ware funerary jar

Covered jar with slender neck and wide mouth; loops on shoulder; cover.
Clay: hard gray porcellaneous stoneware.
Glaze: clear. Decoration: none.

Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, late 10th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
Longquan ware
Dimensions
H x W: 32.6 x 15.2 cm (12 13/16 x 6 in)
Geography
China, Zhejiang province, Longquan kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1961.27a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Funerary jar

Keywords
China, green glaze, Longquan ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1961
Howard Hollis and Company, Cleveland, Ohio. [1]

From 1961
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Howard Hollis and Company, Cleveland, Ohio. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Howard Hollis and Company

Description

Covered jar with slender neck and wide mouth; loops on shoulder; cover.
Clay: hard gray porcellaneous stoneware.
Glaze: clear. Decoration: none.

Label

The pale, gray-green glaze on this long-necked jar demonstrates the close technological ties between early Longquan ware and Yue ware. Only recently have scholars learned to distinguish between similar products from the two kilns, and sometimes identifications are still inconclusive. The clay body and glaze of this jar suggest Longquan ware. Jars of this shape seem to have been made for funerary use.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 34.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 65.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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