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Tomb jar

Label Text

An oxidized, iridescent patina resulting from disintegration of the glaze adds to the surface complexity of this Eastern Han dynasty tomb jar. Dated to first- to the early-third-century China, it was purchased by Freer in 1905, from the New York store of Yamanaka and Company. He was probably less interested in its cultural origins than in its aesthetic qualities, which he believed harmonized with the tonalism of his American paintings.

Object Name

Tomb jar

Dated

early 1st-early 3rd century

Period

Eastern Han dynasty

Medium

Earthenware with copper-green lead-silicate glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 14.2 x 17.5 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

129

Wall

West

Title

Tomb jar

Object Number

F1905.88

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/F1905.88.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Tomb jar," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.88, Item #3271, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3271 (accessed November 18, 2017).