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Vase in form of cong

Label Text

Strong horizontal and vertical lines characterize this Ming dynasty vase decorated with narrow bands in relief. It is a square shape—known as cong—that combines a square outer tube with a circular inner section. The form appears much earlier, in ancient Chinese jades. Here, the stoneware form is adapted for use as a flower-vase; its brilliant deep cream glaze that has a slight iridescence. Freer purchased it in 1907 during a trip to China.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Shiwan (Shekwan) ware

Dated

16th-mid 17th century

Period

Ming dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with opaque ivory glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 22.7 x 9.1 cm

Locale

Shiwan kilns

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

130

Wall

West

Title

Vase in form of cong

Object Number

F1907.44

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1907.44.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Vase in form of cong," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.44, Item #3273, http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3273 (accessed November 20, 2017).