Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 14th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Longquan ware
H x Diam: 7.5 × 37.1 cm (2 15/16 × 14 5/8 in)
China, Zhejiang province, Longquan, Probably Dayao kiln
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, flower, green glaze, Longquan ware, peony, stoneware, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance research underway.

This large, sturdy dish may have been produced at the Dayao kiln in Longquan, a source of many celadon bowls and dishes during the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Dayao products were widely exported; dishes like this one are found in the collection of the Topkapi Saray Museum in Istanbul. The size of the dish suits Persian culinary traditions better than Chinese practices, suggesting that it was intended for export.

The belief that the dead should be interred with objects to provide for their needs in the afterlife encouraged inexpensive ceramic reproductions of precious goods, especially bronze and lacquer vessels, to be made for entombment. Some celadon-glazed ceramics recovered from tombs represent special adaptations of everyday pots, such as storage vessels, but objects for burial are often decorated with cosmological symbols.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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