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Yaozhou ware vase

Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, 11th-early 12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Yaozhou ware
23.2 x 12.3 cm
China, Shaanxi province, Tongguan county, Yaozhou kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This pear-shaped vase is decorated with hand-carved floral decor; the glaze appears darker where it has pooled along the edges of the carving. The vase bears at least two coats of glaze, accounting for its deeper overall color. The many bubbles visible in the glaze reveal that it was not fired to the optimal high temperature that would have caused them to burst and melt.

To 1919
Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi) (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [1]

Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Seaouke Yue in 1919 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2615, 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
C.L. Freer source: Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi) 游篠溪 (late 19th-early 20th century)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
China, green glaze, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, Yaozhou ware
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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