Cizhou ware jar

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 16th century
Stoneware with white slip and iron decoration under clear colorless glaze.
Cizhou ware
H x W: 36.5 x 31.6 cm (14 3/8 x 12 7/16 in)
China, henan province, Yuzhou, Yuzhou kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


bamboo, China, Cizhou ware, cloud, crane, figure, flower, landscape, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, white slip, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)

From at least 1916 to 1968
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), New York, NY, Washington, DC and Mt. Kisco, NY, from at least 1916 [1]

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


[1] Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer lent the jar to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition in 1916,, see S. C Bosch Reitz, Catalogue of An Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture, exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916), cat. 323 (ill.).

[2] The object is included in Agnes E. Meyer’s Deed of Gift, listed as no. 34 in the document’s Annex, dated July 24, 1967, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

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

Published References
  • Sigisbert Chrétien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. fig. 108.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 86.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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