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Bottle with decoration of clouds and phoenixes

Label Text

When Freer loaned this bottle to an exhibition of East Asian ceramics at the Japan Society of New York in February 1914, it was thought to date to the Song dynasty. Like many of the ceramics that Freer purchased from the dealer Matsuki Bunkyo, this vessel has since been identified as dating to the Yuan dynasty. This was not necessarily because Matsuki was misrepresenting his goods; almost no one understood Yuan ceramics well until the 1950s. In the Peacock Room, the bottle was exhibited with other dark, glossy ceramics, some of which were similarly decorated with touches of gold pigment.

Object Name

Bottle

Ware

Jizhou ware

Dated

13th century

Period

Yuan dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with dark glaze and traces of gold pigment

Dimensions

HxW: 26.4 x 15.5 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

25

Wall

North

Title

Bottle with decoration of clouds and phoenixes

Object Number

F1905.273

Freer Source

Matsuki Bunkyo

Freer Source City

Boston

Freer Source State

Massachusetts

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1905.273.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Bottle with decoration of clouds and phoenixes," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.273, Item #3103, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3103 (accessed November 19, 2017).