Cizhou ware bottle

Vase, mei-ping form with saucer mouth; lip chipped in several places.
Clay: gray stoneware.
Glaze: appears as two layers, dark green over a pale green to colorless; fine crackle; over approximately half the surface the green glaze has disappeared; base and part of foot rim glazed.
Decoration: incised and painted in white slip under the glaze; six formalized flower sprays, two butterflies spaced between petal bands at base and top of shoulder.

Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, 11th-early 12th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under clear colorless glaze and copper-green lead-silicate glaze
Style
Cizhou ware
Dimensions
H x W: 40.2 x 22.6 cm (15 13/16 x 8 7/8 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1968.31
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase (mei p'ing)

Keywords
butterfly, China, Cizhou ware, copper-green lead glaze, flower, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, white slip
Provenance

From at least 1967 to 1968
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC and Mt. Kisco, NY, from at least 1967 [1]

From 1968
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Agnes E. Meyer in 1968 [2]

Notes:

[1] The object is included in Agnes E. Meyer’s Deed of Gift, listed as no. 17 in the document’s Annex, dated July 24, 1967, copy in object file.

[2] See Agnes E. Meyer’s Deed of Gift, cited in note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer (1875-1959) and (1887-1970)

Description

Vase, mei-ping form with saucer mouth; lip chipped in several places.
Clay: gray stoneware.
Glaze: appears as two layers, dark green over a pale green to colorless; fine crackle; over approximately half the surface the green glaze has disappeared; base and part of foot rim glazed.
Decoration: incised and painted in white slip under the glaze; six formalized flower sprays, two butterflies spaced between petal bands at base and top of shoulder.

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