Jizhou ware tea bowl


Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 12th-early 13th century
Stoneware with iron and ash glazes; metal rim
Jizhou ware
H x W: 5.5 x 11.7 cm (2 3/16 x 4 5/8 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jizhou kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

brown and black glaze, China, Jizhou ware, Song dynasty (960 - 1279), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), stoneware, tea

To 1913
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1913 [1]

From 1913 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York in 1913 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2374, Freer Galley of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)


Japanese documents of the fifteenth century describe Jizhou tea bowls as "tortoise shell" because of the mottled texture of their glaze. This bowl combines the temmoku shape with pictorial decoration. Plum-blossom shapes cut from paper were stuck to the dark brown glaze while it was still damp; the second coating of glaze in a lighter color registered their silhouettes

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 72.
  • Sigisbert Chr├ętien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. fig. 250.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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