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Tomb jar

Label Text

In the Peacock Room in Detroit, Freer displayed this Han dynasty tomb jar with several other examples of early Chinese funerary wares. The cultural significance of the jar, however, was probably less compelling for him than its subtly textured, slightly iridescent green surface. Shortly after he purchased this vessel, he began to acquire medieval Near Eastern ceramics and contemporary art pottery from Detroit's Pewabic workshop. Both of these types of ceramics also featured iridescent glazes and mottled surfaces, qualities that, for Freer, resonated with the tonalism of his American paintings collection.

Object Name

Tomb jar

Dated

early 1st-early 3rd century

Period

Eastern Han dynasty

Medium

Earthenware with copper-green lead-silicate glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 14.4 x 18.1 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

81

Wall

East

Title

Tomb jar

Object Number

F1902.202

Freer Source

Yamanaka and Co.

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1902.202.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Tomb jar," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1902.202, Item #3185, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3185 (accessed November 21, 2017).