Drinking bowl

Drinking bowl
Clay: hard, musical.
Glaze: celadon with a soft waxy lustre. Edge of foot unglazed.

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Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Longquan ware
H x Diam: 5.2 x 13.8 cm (2 1/16 x 5 7/16 in)
China, Zhejiang Province, Longquan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 15: Setting the Bar: Arts of the Song Dynasty
Ceramic, Vessel

Drinking bowl

China, green glaze, Longquan ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), stoneware, tea

To 1935
Yamanaka and Company, New York. [1]

From 1935
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Yamanaka and Co. 1917-1965


Drinking bowl
Clay: hard, musical.
Glaze: celadon with a soft waxy lustre. Edge of foot unglazed.


The strikingly simple shape of this unadorned bowl highlights the characteristic blue-green color and satiny, jadelike surface of the mature Longquan glaze. A thick welt of glaze below the rim on the outside of the bowl shows that care was taken to apply the glaze as thickly as possible.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 16.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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