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Planter impressed with character i (one)

Label Text

Freer acquired this planter while in China in 1907. It is an example of Jun ware, which was produced at a number of kilns in Henan province from the Song dynasty (960-1279) through the fifteenth century. The distinctive blue colors of the glaze—which can range from greenish-blue to violet—are the result of a chemical reaction that occurs during the firing and cooling process. Variations in tone occur because some areas of the pot are less thickly glazed than others. This chromatic complexity appealed to Freer, who acquired many examples of Jun ware. In the Peacock Room, which Freer called "the blue room," this very fine example was one of more than forty Jun or similarly blue-glazed ceramics displayed along the south wall, just beneath Whistler's allegorical mural of two battling peacocks.

Object Name

Planter

Ware

Jun ware

Dated

14th-early 15th century

Period

Yuan or Ming dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with Jun glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 25.6 x 27.2 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

108

Wall

South

Title

Planter impressed with character i (one)

Object Number

F1907.38a-b

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1907.38a-b.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Planter impressed with character i (one)," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.38a-b, Item #3232, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3232 (accessed November 18, 2017).