Bowl, Cizhou-type ware


Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, late 16th-early 17th century
Stoneware with brown and white slips and iron pigment under clear glaze
Cizhou-type ware
H x W: 11 x 19.4 cm (4 5/16 x 7 5/8 in)
China, Hebei province, Pengcheng kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


brown slip, China, Cizhou ware, iron pigment, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, white slip

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 593, 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)


Large quantities of ceramics made at kilns in southern China, including Zhangzhou, were shipped to Japan in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Published References
  • Yuko Suzuki. Egorai - An Examination of Excavated Examples. vol. 5. pp. 50-77, fig. 4.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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