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Jar with design of deer holding lingzhi fungus

Label Text

When Freer purchased this jar in 1902, its origins were not well understood. He subsequently described it as "rare" and noted, "I feel confident that this unusual specimen is Sung." It was actually produced in the nineteenth century, and its damaged neck had been ground down and disguised with a wooden lid. The prancing animal and style of painting seem to grow out of a Chinese folk tradition, with the animal resembling the galloping horses drawn with slip on jars from Suzhou, near Shanghai. In the Peacock Room, Freer displayed this jar near other Chinese ceramics, including a green-glazed funeral jar and a white bottle with a touch of green, both dating from the Song dynasty.

Object Name

Jar

Dated

19th century

Period

Qing dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under clear crackled glaze; wooden lid with amethyst knob

Dimensions

HxW: 18.2 x 19.9 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

91

Wall

South

Title

Jar with design of deer holding lingzhi fungus

Object Number

F1902.4a-b

Freer Source

R. E. Moore

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

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Collection

Citation

"Jar with design of deer holding lingzhi fungus," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1902.4a-b, Item #3199, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3199 (accessed November 22, 2017).