Skull-shaped bowl with molded decoration of dragons in clouds

Bowl: half egg-shell (skull-?) shape divided longitudinally. Perforation at one end. Wood stand.
Clay: hard, white, finely speckled.
Glaze: cream-white; rim unglazed.
Decoration: in slight relief in the paste, under glaze.
Monochrome — creamy white glaze.

Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under transparent ivory-toned glaze
Style
Ding-related ware
Dimensions
H x W: 4.9 x 13.1 cm (1 15/16 x 5 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1917.130a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
China, cloud, Ding type ware, dragon, stoneware, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance

To 1917
C.K. Wong, Shanghai, China, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from C.K. Wong, in New York in 1917 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2503, Freer Gallery 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)

C. K. Wong (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Bowl: half egg-shell (skull-?) shape divided longitudinally. Perforation at one end. Wood stand.
Clay: hard, white, finely speckled.
Glaze: cream-white; rim unglazed.
Decoration: in slight relief in the paste, under glaze.
Monochrome -- creamy white glaze.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum