Foot and lower wall of iron-glazed stoneware bowl

Shape: Footring and lower wall of a small bowl. Unglazed interior of the bevelled foot ring has a conical protrusion which rises 0.2 – 0.3 cm above the bottom of the bowl. Footring is 4.5 cm in diameter. The wall of the bowl is roughly 0.4 cm thick.
Clay: Fine-grained, dark gray with few inclusions and many small air pockets. Body burned dark tan where exposed to kiln atmosphere during firing.
Glaze: Light tan/caramel-colored, iron-brown glaze.
Decoration: Freely drawn underglaze iron/manganese brush strokes which appear dark brown under the caramel glaze. There is also a darker, almost black decoration executed in the same freely painted strokes which have burned through the glaze and which appear a milky bluish-white in color. It is not clear what the motif of the decoration was.
Marks: None.

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Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 9th-early 10th century
Medium
Glazed stoneware, wheel-thrown
Style
Qionglai ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1.4 x 7.4 x 6.9 cm (9/16 x 2 15/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Geography
China, Sichuan province, Qionglai
Credit Line
Gift of John A. Pope
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-439
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl (fragment)

Keywords
China, Qionglai ware, stoneware, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Provenance

To 1957
Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]

1957
John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, gift of Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [2]

From 1957
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [3]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remarks 3 and 4 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906-1982
Abu Ridho born 1927

Description

Shape: Footring and lower wall of a small bowl. Unglazed interior of the bevelled foot ring has a conical protrusion which rises 0.2 - 0.3 cm above the bottom of the bowl. Footring is 4.5 cm in diameter. The wall of the bowl is roughly 0.4 cm thick.
Clay: Fine-grained, dark gray with few inclusions and many small air pockets. Body burned dark tan where exposed to kiln atmosphere during firing.
Glaze: Light tan/caramel-colored, iron-brown glaze.
Decoration: Freely drawn underglaze iron/manganese brush strokes which appear dark brown under the caramel glaze. There is also a darker, almost black decoration executed in the same freely painted strokes which have burned through the glaze and which appear a milky bluish-white in color. It is not clear what the motif of the decoration was.
Marks: None.

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