Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Probably Chenghua reign, 1450-1500
Glazed porcelain, cobalt under glaze
Jingdezhen ware
H x W: 9.5 x 20.4 cm (3 3/4 x 8 1/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Chenghua reign (1465 - 1487), China, Jingdezhen ware, landscape, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, qin, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

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


In a scene on the outside of this bowl, three friends meet in a garden to enjoy an interlude of music. Inside the bowl the motif of the Three Friends of Winter--pine, bamboo, and flowering plum--reinforces the theme of friendship.

Published References
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 99, p. 175.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 72.
  • Ming Porcelains in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1953. p. 27, fig. 22.
  • Ann Frank. Chinese Blue and White. New York. p. 43.
  • Mayuyama Junkichi. Obei shuzo chugoku toji zuroku (Chinese Ceramics in the West). Tokyo. pl. 97.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 31.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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