Historical period(s)
Warring States period, Zhou dynasty, 480-221 BCE
Unglazed stoneware
H x W x D: 29.1 x 29.4 x 29.4 cm (11 7/16 x 11 9/16 x 11 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, stoneware, Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance, Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 221 BCE)

To 1982
Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai and Singapore, to 1982 [1]

From 1982 to 1984
Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, bequeathed by Helen D. Ling in 1982 [2]

From 1984
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling in 1984


[1] Helen Dalling Ling operated The Green Dragon antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950, and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 to 1982 (see Curatorial Note 5 in object record).

[2] According to Curatorial Note 5 in object record.

[3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. Tien Gi Ling
Helen D. Ling died 1982

Published References
  • H. W. Siegel Helen D. Ling. Early Chinese Potteries and Porcelains of the Shang, Chou, Chin, Han Dynasties: Collection of the Late J.E. Melchior. Shanghai. cat. 2.6.
  • Sarah Booth. The Freer's Rare Catch: Gallery Acquires 30 Flawless Ancient Chinese Ceramics. Washington, May 23, 1984. p. B2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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