Bowl

Bowl; straight lip and rather high foot; interior of foot cut into the body.
Clay: porcelain, slightly oxidized where exposed on footrim.
Glaze: clear, dry and slightly matt surface, worn on bottom; large irregular crackle.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. Outside: narrow geometric border below rim; on wall, lotus vinescroll with two alternating forms of lotus blossoms and dense foliage; single horizontal band at base; three bands defining foot. Inside: narrow geometric border below rim; on wall, lotus vinescroll with small blossoms, sparse foliage and some free-floating leaves; four-pronged vajra in bottom.
Mark: none.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, late 15th-16th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x Diam (overall): 7.3 x 14.7 cm (2 7/8 x 5 13/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen, Jingdezhen kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.34
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
China, clear glaze, cobalt pigment, Jingdezhen ware, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

About 1968 to 1986
Dorothy M. Slak, Sarasota, Florida, acquired in Jakarta about 1968 [1]

From 1986
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dorothy M. Slak in 1986

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 1 in object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Ms. Dorothy M. Slak

Description

Bowl; straight lip and rather high foot; interior of foot cut into the body.
Clay: porcelain, slightly oxidized where exposed on footrim.
Glaze: clear, dry and slightly matt surface, worn on bottom; large irregular crackle.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. Outside: narrow geometric border below rim; on wall, lotus vinescroll with two alternating forms of lotus blossoms and dense foliage; single horizontal band at base; three bands defining foot. Inside: narrow geometric border below rim; on wall, lotus vinescroll with small blossoms, sparse foliage and some free-floating leaves; four-pronged vajra in bottom.
Mark: none.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
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