Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Jar

  • Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • 5.4 x 7 x 7 cm
  • Jingdezhen ware
  • 16th century, Ming dynasty
  • Origin: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Provenance: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • F1986.35

Description

Small squat jar with slightly tapered neck, rounded sides, and unglazed base with raised edge.
Clay: porcelain; slightly oxidized where exposed on base.
Glaze: clear; stops at edge of base with three fingerprints around base.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt: line around rim; five indistinct shapes on neck, probably meant to be cloud-scrolls; collar of ruyi lappets; on body, two floral sprays, with stems to left and tips to right, separated by "crescent moons."
Mark: none.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (L.A. Cort, 1986) The Indonesian dealer's slip inside this jar identifies it as "Meng dinasti."

2. (L.A. Cort, 1986) Compare the small jar, no. 189, dated 16th century in Aga-Oglu 1982. For a similar jar, see F1986.36.

Aga-Oglu, Kamer. 1982. Shadows of the Dragon. Columbus: Columbus Museum of Art.

3. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/29/2014) transferred from the Provenance text field: "Acquired by Ms. Slak in Jakarta, Indonesia, circa 1968."


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