Porcelain with polychrome enamels over clear, colorless glaze
H x W x D: 9.9 x 37.8 x 37.8 cm (3 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in)
Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
early 17th century
Bowl: everted rim, grit-encrusted foot, five chips in rim.
Clay: white porcelain, medium coarse, oxidized brown where exposed.
Glaze: clear, feldspathic; thick, "lardy" and pitted outside.
Decoration: Boldly painted in polychrome low-fired overglaze enamels, iron-red, turquoise, green and some black outlining. Two flying birds with clouds and large flowers fill the center; two dragons undulate among the clouds, flame and plant forms on the cavetto. Outside is a double iron-red line under the rim.
Estate of the Honorable William R. Castle. 
Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow, by inheritance from the estate of the Honorable William R. Castle. 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 The object came to the Freer Study Collection in 1970 (FSC-P-1133). It was transferred to the permanent collection in 1979. Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow are the heirs of the Estate of the Honorable W. R. Castle. See note 1 and correspondences in the object file, Collections Management Office. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 2.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)