Jar

Small squat jar with slightly tapered neck, rounded sides, and unglazed base with thin raised edge.
Clay: porcelain; oxidized orange where exposed on base.
Glaze: clear, overall grayish tone; ends slightly above base with two fingerprints.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt: line around rim; three indistinct shapes on neck; collar of ruyi lappets; on body, two floral sprays, with stems to left and tips to right, separated by “crescent moons” above and six-pointed “asterisks” below.
Mark: none.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 16th century
Medium
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt pigment
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.6 x 7 x 7 cm (2 3/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.36
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

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

From ca. 1968
Dorothy M. Slak, acquired ca. 1968 from Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]

From 1986
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dorothy M. Slak, Sarasota, Florida. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record. Also see Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Ms. Dorothy M. Slak

Description

Small squat jar with slightly tapered neck, rounded sides, and unglazed base with thin raised edge.
Clay: porcelain; oxidized orange where exposed on base.
Glaze: clear, overall grayish tone; ends slightly above base with two fingerprints.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt: line around rim; three indistinct shapes on neck; collar of ruyi lappets; on body, two floral sprays, with stems to left and tips to right, separated by "crescent moons" above and six-pointed "asterisks" below.
Mark: none.

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