Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, 1st century BCE
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze
H x W: 22.9 x 19.1 cm (9 x 7 1/2 in)
China, Zhejiang province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Jar (hu)

China, stoneware, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE)

To 1910
Yamanaka & Company, to 1910 [1]

From 1910 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1910 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2008, Freer Galley 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)

Published References
  • Dr. Berthold Laufer H. W. Nichols. The Beginnings of Porcelain in China: With a Technical Report by H. W. Nichols. Anthropological series, vol. 15, no 2 Chicago. .
  • Yutaka Mino Katherine R. Tsiang. Ice and Green Clouds: Traditions of Chinese Celadon. Exh. cat. Indianapolis. no. 12.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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