- Historical period(s)
- Ming dynasty, probably 17th century
- Earthenware with cobalt-tinted lead-oxide glaze
- H x W: 8.6 x 17.1 cm (3 3/8 x 6 3/4 in)
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- The thick lead-based glaze that covers this bowl resembles the glazes used on roof tiles and architectural pottery made during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Potters at the tile workshops may have augmented their incomes by making household dishes. The decoration, which was molded separately and attached to the bowl before glazing and firing, consists of a repeat pattern of the character shou, meaning longevity, and five-petaled plum flowers. Five is an auspicious number that represents the Five Blessings of Life, which are health, longevity, peaceful death, wealth, and love of virtue.
Thomas B. Clarke (1848-1931), New York, NY, to 1902 
From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Thomas B. Clarke Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, in 1902 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1106, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Former owner
- Thomas B. Clarke (1848 - 1931)
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) (established 1883)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Chinese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum