H x W x D: 25.1 x 15.9 x 15.9 cm (9 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in)
early 1st-early 3rd century
Eastern Han dynasty
Long-necked bottle. Hand-built by coiling and smoothing; seams of coils visible near base and inside neck. Squat jar shape topped by elongated nearly cylindrical neck, ending in flat rim. Flat bottom.
Clay: pottery, medium gray on surface.
Decoration: lower body completely covered by lattice texture made by impressing or paddling with a carved tool. Shoulder and neck smoothed. Three horizontal lines on shoulder with use of turntable, the lowest line at the point where lattice-textured and smooth surfaces meet. Three horizontal lines, more closely spaced, incised around neck just below rim.
J.E. Melchior collection, Shanghai. 
Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982), Shanghai and Singapore. 
From 1982 to 1984
Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, by bequest from his wife, Helen Dalling Ling in May 1982. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore. 
 According to Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Mrs. Helen D. Ling acquired the object from the J.E. Melchior Collection in Shanghai. Also see Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.
 Helen Dalling Ling operated "The Green Dragon" antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950 and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 until her death in 1982.
 Helen Dalling Ling left a bequest to her husband, Dr. Tien Gi Ling on May 1982.
 Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.