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Lidded jar with design of butterflies

Label Text

This lidded jar, which Freer acquired from the dealer Matsuki Bunkyo in 1896, was originally thought to be much older. Freer initially was uncertain if it were from the Song, Yuan, or Ming dynasty, but, perhaps because he thought it "fine," finally convinced himself in 1918 that it was indeed a Song piece. It is actually from the 19th century, and it was formed by the modern industrial technique of slip-casting. In the Peacock Room in Detroit, this jar was displayed on a high shelf along the east wall, where the butterfly design related to neighboring ceramics decorated with images of flora and fauna.

Object Name

Jar

Ware

Cizhou-type ware

Dated

19th century

Period

Qing dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with white slip, iron pigment under and over clear glaze.

Dimensions

HxWxD: 17.5 x 13.0 x 18.1 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

82

Wall

East

Title

Lidded jar with design of butterflies

Object Number

F1896.42a-b

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/F1896.42a-b.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Lidded jar with design of butterflies," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1896.42a-b, Item #3187, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3187 (accessed November 18, 2017).