Tea bowl (sherd)

Foot and lower wall of tea bowl, with clay stacking pad adhering to foot.

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Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Stoneware with iron glaze
Jian ware
H: 10.3 cm (4 1/16 in)
China, Fujian province, Jianyang county, Shuiji, Shuiji kiln site I
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Plumer
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Tea bowl (sherd)

China, Jian ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), tea

1930s to 1961
James Marshall Plumer (1899-1960) and Caroline Plumer (1901-1995), Ann Arbor, MI collected this shard from Shuiji Kiln Site 1 when living in China before World War II [1]

1960 to May 1961
Caroline Plumer, Ann Arbor, MI assumed full ownership upon her husband's death in June 1960 [2]

From May 1961
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Caroline Plumer [3]


[1] See inventory card from the Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection, copy in object file. The Plumers inventoried this object as T I 75.

[2] Mr. Plumer died on June 15, 1960. Mrs. Plumer dispersed of her husband's collection the following year, making several gifts and sales to museums and private collectors.

[3] Ms. Plumer presented this object, along with 25 other shards of pottery, to the Freer Gallery of Art. See Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

James Marshall Plumer 1899-1960
Caroline L. Plumer 1901-1995


Foot and lower wall of tea bowl, with clay stacking pad adhering to foot.

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