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Unglazed pottery
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.
To ?
J.E. Melchior collection, Shanghai. [1]
To 1982
Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982), Shanghai and Singapore. [2]
From 1982 to 1984
Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, by bequest from his wife, Helen Dalling Ling in May 1982. [3]
From 1984
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore. [4]
[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] Helen Dalling Ling left a bequest to her husband, Dr. Tien Gi Ling on May 1982.
[4] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Jacob E. Melchior (died 1945)
Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
Mr. Tien Gi Ling
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Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery