Stoneware with white slip under cream-colored glaze
H x W: 12.8 x 17.6 cm (5 1/16 x 6 15/16 in)
Probably Pingding ware
Shanxi province, China
11th-early 12th century
Northern Song dynasty
Clay: hard, light gray.
Glaze: deep cream-color. White slip covering body (beneath glaze) and inside of footrim (without glaze). Irregular ring for stacking wiped into glaze and slip in bottom of bowl. Glaze stained by smoke during firing.
Decoration: lotus design partly modelled in relief and partly incised.
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York, to 1916 
From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1916 
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 2484, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (November 4, 2006 to January 7, 2008)
Previous custodian or owner:
Lai-Yuan & Company (ca. 1915-April 1921) (C.L. Freer source)