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Longquan ware tomb jar
13th century


Southern Song dynasty

Stoneware with celadon glaze
H: 55.6 W: 15.6 cm
Longquan, China

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1906.249

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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.