Ewer in the shape of a bronze ho

Ewer in the shape of a bronze ho.

Wheel-thrown body of squat spherical form. Small mouth with short upright rim (broken in one place, piece missing). Flat base trimmed concentrically; short straight crack in center. Trimming on lower wall up to shoulder, ending at same place as upper edge of decorative bands (see below).

Animal-head spout, molded and applied over opening roughly cut into body. On opposite side of vessel, on a level with spout, hand-formedd and applied vertical lug with circular hole and impressed detail on edge. Bail handle, molded and applied with ends on shoulder above spout and lug; two upright flanges with impressed fluting; outside flange at end near spout, two small conical clay pieces hand-formed and applied side by side; on opposite end outside flange near lug, hand-formed and applied vertical ridge of clay ending in a spiral with impressed fluting.

Three molded animal feet applied to lower edge of body just above base; one aligned with lug, two placed near spout but not equidistant from it.

Wheel-thrown lid shaped as flat, straight-sided dish. Semi-circular handle applied in center of top of lid.

Clay: dense, fine stoneware; medium brown, somewhat reddish where exposed on bottoms of feet and underside of lid.

Glaze: pale yellow-green applied ash glaze originally covering most of vessel, now mostly lost except for areas where coating was heavier on shoulder and top of lid.

Decoration: vessel decorated between shoulder and mid-point of body. Three narrow incised bands, accentuated by trimming, with irregular diagonal hatching (in one place, cross-hatching) define two broad bands of equal width filled by three tiers each of stamped “S”-shaped spiral whorls. The lid has a circle incised around the handle; the entire top surface is filled by irregular concentric rows of stamped “S” shapes.

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Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 480-221 BCE
Medium
Stoneware clay with traces of wood-ash glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 17 x 18.5 x 18.5 cm (6 11/16 x 7 5/16 x 7 5/16 in)
Geography
China, Zhejiang province
Credit Line
Gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.1a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), stoneware
Provenance

To 1949
Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai. [1]

From 1949 to 1985
James G. Ling, by gift from his mother, Helen D. Ling in 1949. [2]

From 1985
Freer Gallery of Art, given by James G. and Ann S. Ling, Potomac, Maryland. [3]

Notes:

[1] Helen Dalling Ling, a collector who operated "The Green Dragon" antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950 and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 until her death in 1982.

[2] James G. Ling received this object from his mother, Helen D. Ling in 1949.

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

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

James G. Ling
Dr. and Mrs. James G. and Ann S. Ling
Helen D. Ling died 1982

Description

Ewer in the shape of a bronze ho.

Wheel-thrown body of squat spherical form. Small mouth with short upright rim (broken in one place, piece missing). Flat base trimmed concentrically; short straight crack in center. Trimming on lower wall up to shoulder, ending at same place as upper edge of decorative bands (see below).

Animal-head spout, molded and applied over opening roughly cut into body. On opposite side of vessel, on a level with spout, hand-formedd and applied vertical lug with circular hole and impressed detail on edge. Bail handle, molded and applied with ends on shoulder above spout and lug; two upright flanges with impressed fluting; outside flange at end near spout, two small conical clay pieces hand-formed and applied side by side; on opposite end outside flange near lug, hand-formed and applied vertical ridge of clay ending in a spiral with impressed fluting.

Three molded animal feet applied to lower edge of body just above base; one aligned with lug, two placed near spout but not equidistant from it.

Wheel-thrown lid shaped as flat, straight-sided dish. Semi-circular handle applied in center of top of lid.

Clay: dense, fine stoneware; medium brown, somewhat reddish where exposed on bottoms of feet and underside of lid.

Glaze: pale yellow-green applied ash glaze originally covering most of vessel, now mostly lost except for areas where coating was heavier on shoulder and top of lid.

Decoration: vessel decorated between shoulder and mid-point of body. Three narrow incised bands, accentuated by trimming, with irregular diagonal hatching (in one place, cross-hatching) define two broad bands of equal width filled by three tiers each of stamped "S"-shaped spiral whorls. The lid has a circle incised around the handle; the entire top surface is filled by irregular concentric rows of stamped "S" shapes.

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