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Medium:
Stoneware with iron and rice-straw-ash glazes
Dimensions:
H x Diam: 39.5 × 35.2 cm (15 9/16 × 13 7/8 in)
Style:
Shiwan (Shekwan) ware
Type:
Vessel
Origin:
Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns, Foshan, Guangdong province, China
Date:
15th-16th century
Period:
Ming dynasty
Description:
Tea-leaf storage jar. Large, ovoidal, with four loop handles. Lip chipped. Paulownia wood lid wrapped in Japanese document paper, used. Mouth cover of Japanese-made dark-blue silk with gold weft figures. Lavender and white braided silk cord. Wood stand.
Clay: hard, dense, gray.
Glaze: brilliant, dark, brownish-red, with splash of leaf green on shoulder.
Provenance:
To 1899
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1899 [1]
From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1899 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
Notes:
[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 20, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
[2] See note 1.
[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
Collection:
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Storage Jars (March 15, 2014 to June 28, 2015)
Storage Jars of Asia (October 29, 2000 to March 10, 2002)
Studies in Connoisseurship 1923-1983 (September 23, 1983 to March 1, 1984)
Luminous Shadows (April 1, 1982 to June 21, 1982)
Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art, 1946 (May 3, 1946 to October 6, 1947)
Previous custodian or owner:
Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Topic:
Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)  Search this
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Charles Lang Freer collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
F1899.47a-f
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Related Online Resources:
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye341a682ed-65c9-4431-8671-9f53f38294d7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_F1899.47a-f