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Tomb vessel with lid ("hill jar")

Label Text

This lidded vessel is one of two closely related Eastern Han dynasty tomb jars that Freer exhibited on what is now the east wall of the Peacock Room, adjacent to one of the gilded peacock shutters. In China, this jar would have been filled with a funeral offering, but Freer was more interested in its aesthetic qualities - its light green glaze with a silvery iridescence that harmonized not only with other ceramics, but with his collection of American tonalist paintings as well.

Object Name

Tomb vessel

Dated

early 1st-early 3rd century

Period

Eastern Han dynasty

Medium

Earthenware with copper-green lead-silicate glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 227.0 x 20.3 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

86

Wall

East

Title

Tomb vessel with lid ("hill jar")

Object Number

F1906.246a-b

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/F1906.246a-b.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Tomb vessel with lid ("hill jar")," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1906.246a-b, Item #3191, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3191 (accessed November 21, 2017).