Funerary jar with White Tiger of the West

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Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
Longquan ware
Dimensions
H x W: 33.8 x 13.3 cm (13 5/16 x 5 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Zhejiang Province, Longquan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1946.1a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Covered jar

Keywords
bird, China, funerary, green glaze, Longquan ware, Guan type, Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), stoneware, tiger, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Warren E. Cox 1895-1977

Label

This funerary jar, which presumably held grain, is decorated with cosmological symbols. The kittenish tiger coiling around the jar's elongated neck represents the White Tiger of the West; it would have been paired with another jar bearing the Green Dragon of the East. Other figures include two people and a dog. The Chinese character for sun appears on a disk above a cloud on the neck. The lid is embellished with clouds and a bird, perhaps a crane, a symbol of immortality. The crackled glaze, somewhat uneven in color, is an example of Guan-type glaze made at certain kilns in Longquan.

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

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