Yue ware lamp

Historical period(s)
Eastern Jin dynasty, 4th-5th century
Stoneware with gray-green glaze
Yue ware
H x W x D: 10.5 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm (4 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in)
China, Zhejiang province
Credit Line
Gift of Lesley R. Levine in memory of Howard D. Levine and Norma G. Levine
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Eastern Jin dynasty (317 - 420), stoneware, Yue ware

Judith and Arthur Hart Burling [1]

From at least 1961
Howard D. Levine, from at least 1961 [2]

To 1991
Lesley R. Levine, Oakland, CA, by descent from Howard D. Devine, to 1991

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Lesley R. Levine in 1991


[1] According to a manuscript in the possession of Lesley R. Levine that documented the Levine collection (see Curatorial Note 6, Louise Cort, December 6, 1991 and February 8, 1997, in the object record).

[2] See note 1. See also, the photocopy of a typewritten section of "A Partial Description of Art Objects and Antiques in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Levine," dated 1961, in the object file. Also, the object was examined by John A. Pope at the Freer Gallery of Art in April 1959 (see Curatorial Note 1 in the object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Lesley R. Levine
Judith and Arthur Hart Burling
Mr. and Mrs. Howard D. Levine


The glaze on early Yue ware such as this oil lamp is usually grayish green in color and uneven in thickness. Because of difficulties in regulating the kiln atmosphere, glazes sometimes misfired beige, as seen on some areas of this lamp.

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