Yue ware ewer

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty or Five Dynasties period, 9th-10th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yue ware
H x W: 17.1 x 13 cm (6 3/4 x 5 1/8 in)
China, Zhejiang Province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Five Dynasties period (907 - 960), green glaze, stoneware, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), WWII-era provenance, Yue ware

To 1974
Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [1]

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein


At numerous ninth- and tenth-century sites in countries as widely separated as Japan and Egypt, Yue ware similar to this ewer has been excavated in the company of the other major trade wares of the day-Chinese porcelain and Changsha ceramics and Persian blue-glazed earthenware.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 20, p. 30.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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