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Longquan ware tomb jar

Type
Tomb jar
Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
Longquan ware
Dimension(s)
H x W: 55.6 x 15.6 cm (21 7/8 x 6 1/8 in)
Geography
China, Zhejiang province, Longquan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1906.249
Label
This long-necked jar bears a relief figure of a dragon. For use in Chinese burial ritual, it would have been paired with a jar of the same shape bearing a tiger figure. Both jars would hold offerings of grain meant to assist the deceased in the afterlife.

To 1906
Yamanaka & Company, to 1906 [1]

From 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1906 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1467, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
China, funerary, green glaze, Longquan ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), 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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