Cizhou ware bottle with carved-slip (sgraffito) decoration


Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, mid 10th-11th century
Stoneware with white slip under transparent colorless glaze
Cizhou ware
H x W: 39.7 x 20.6 cm (15 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
China, Henan province, Dengfengxian
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Cizhou ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, white slip

Robert W. deForest [1]

Yamanaka and Company, New York 1931 [2]

From 1931
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, New York in 1931 [3]


[1] Object file.

[2] Object file. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Robert W. deForest 1848-1931
Yamanaka and Co.

Published References
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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