Slops jar (zhadou)

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Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Zhengde reign, 1506-1521
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W: 12.5 x 15.4 cm (4 15/16 x 6 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1951.9
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
China, dragon, flower, Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, WWII-era provenance, Zhengde reign (1506 - 1521)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Edward T. Chow 1910 - 1980
Mathias Komor 1909 - 1984

Label

Jars of this shape, known in Chinese as zhadou, are called "slops jars" and they were primarily used to hold table refuse--food scraps and dregs of tea and wine. Another name for the shape that was commonly used especially in early twentieth-century writings about Chinese porcelain is "leys jar"; sometimes the term "spitton" is also used.

This imperial slops jar has a four-character Zhengde (1506-21) mark written in cobalt on the bottom. The decoration of dragons cavorting among lotuses was used on a range of table wares made for the Zhengde court.

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