Bottle with two lugs

Bottle with elongated neck, thick rim, two horizontal lugs upright on shoulder, wide midbody tapering to narrow foot with flat base, cut roughly round foot up to hip.
Clay: gray with yellow tinge, fine-grained.
Glaze: thin caramel-brown iron-based glaze, applied by dipping, stopping at hip.
Mark: none.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, late 14th-early 15th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 7.8 x 8.1 cm (3 1/16 x 3 3/16 in)
Geography
China, Fujian province or Guangdong province
Credit Line
Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Jack W. Lydman
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2010.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle

Keywords
China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1965-69 to 2005
Ambassador Jack Wilson Lydman (1914-2005), acquired in Jakarta, Indonesia between 1965 and 1969. [1]

From 2005 to 2010
Janine Lydman, Washington, DC and Berryville, Virginia, ownership transferred to Mrs. Lydman after the death of her husband, Ambassador Jack Wilson Lydman. [2]

From 2010
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Janine Lydman, Washington, DC and Berryville, Virginia. [3]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See Deed of Gift, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. Janine Lydman
Ambassador Jack Wilson Lydman 1914-2005

Description

Bottle with elongated neck, thick rim, two horizontal lugs upright on shoulder, wide midbody tapering to narrow foot with flat base, cut roughly round foot up to hip.
Clay: gray with yellow tinge, fine-grained.
Glaze: thin caramel-brown iron-based glaze, applied by dipping, stopping at hip.
Mark: none.

Label

Jars of this type occur in varying sizes, possibly marketed as containers for various products, but perhaps sold for their own value; they have been found on shipwrecks, including one off the coast of peninsular Malaysia that is dated to the late fourteenth century

Published References
  • Roxanna M. Brown. The Ming gap and Shipwreck Ceramics in Southeast Asia: Towards a Chronology of Thai Trade Ware. Bangkok. .
  • Roxanna M. Brown, Sten Sjostrand. Turiang: A Fourteenth-Century Shipwreck in Southeast Asian Waters. Pasadena, California. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
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