Box in the shape of a duck

Box with lid, in shape of Duck.

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Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century
The molded base is gray porcelain paste with a matte opaque white interior glaze and exterior transparent green glaze. The molded lid in the shape of a duck has a white paste with a transparent green exterior glaze with unglazed wings. The interior glaze is a transparent clear glaze.
Zhangzhou ware
H x W x D (overall): 4.2 x 4.4 x 5.9 cm (1 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 2 5/16 in)
China, Fujian province, Zhangzhou kilns
Credit Line
Gift of the Ling family from the Helen D. Ling Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container


China, duck, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, Zhangzhou ware

To 1982
Helen Dalling Ling (1901-1982), Singapore. [1]

From 1982 to 2004
Ann S. Ling, Potomac, Maryland, by gift or inheritance from her mother-in-law, Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982). [2]

From 2004
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Ann S. Ling, Potomac, Maryland. [3]


[1] According to Louise Cort, the object was probably collected during the period Helen D. Ling lived in Singapore and operated an antique shop there between 1951 and 1982. See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[2] See Curatorial Remarks 1 and 2 in the object record.

[3] See Acquisition Consideration form, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Ann S. Ling
Helen D. Ling died 1982


Box with lid, in shape of Duck.

Published References
  • The Helen D. Ling Collection of Chinese Ceramics. Exh. cat. College Park, Maryland. cat. nos. 77-78, pp. 11-15.
  • Kochi Type Colour Glazed Ware: Collection of Honda Hiromu. Exh. cat. Fukuoka. cat. 25, pp. 34-35.
  • Honda Hiromu, Shimazu Noriki. Vietnamese and Chinese Ceramics Used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Asia Collection Singapore and New York. pp. 210-211, pls. 203-204.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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