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Chinese Ceramics: 10th–13th Century

Through January 3, 2016
Freer Gallery of Art

Potters in both north and south China perfected the skills needed to control and modulate ceramic glazes—in shades of white, green, blue, brown, and black—during the Song dynasty (960–1279). In some modes, the glaze complemented carved or incised decoration; in others, its purity of color became a focal point of its own. Two dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection highlight these glazes and the skills of Song dynasty artisans.

Right: Vase with peony motif; China, Northern Song or Jin dynasty, 11th–12th century; stoneware with celadon glaze; gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1919.90
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Stoneware with celadon glaze

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