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Lidded jar with design of butterflies

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Stoneware with white slip, iron pigment under and over clear glaze.
Cizhou-type ware
H x W x D (overall): 17.5 x 13 x 18.1 cm (6 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Jar: four sided with bulging outlines; square mouth and base. Pottery cover.
Clay: hard, light-gray.
Glaze: deep cream-color; crackled and stained.
Decoration: butterflies in brown, one under and one, over glaze. Head and ring handles in relief.

To 1896
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1896 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, 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.

Former owner
Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (C.L. Freer source) (1867-1940)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
butterfly, China, Cizhou ware, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
The Story of the Beautiful, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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