Covered tripod


Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, 2nd century BCE
Stoneware with apllied and accidental wood-wash glazes
Zhejiang green-glazed ware
H x W: 18.4 x 21.1 cm (7 1/4 x 8 5/16 in)
China, Zhejiang Province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Vessel (ting)

China, stoneware, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE), Zhejiang green-glazed ware
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959


This lidded vessel imitates a bronze ding tripod. Glaze was applied thinly and only to the lid, probably to avoid problems with the glaze's running down during firing. Wood ash from the fuel also accumulated and melted on the upper surfaces, creating natural glaze, and ash from the kiln roof or glaze from another vessel fell in several large drops. Ceramic tripods often appeared in a set of four different vessel shapes placed in tombs.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 3.
  • Thomas Dexel. Fruhe Keramik in China: Die Entwicklung der Hauptformen vom Neolithikum bis in die T'ang-Zeit. Braunschweig, Germany. pl. 35b.
  • Katherine R. Tsiang. Glazed Stoneware of the Han Tynasty. vol. 40, nos.2-3 Washington and Zurich. pp. 143-176, fig. 25.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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