in running script on the base in ink in one column of three characters: Tianshui jun (heavenly river prefecture)
Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.
The green glaze is iridescent around the lip and in some areas of the interior. Patches of encrusted earth on the exterior are the result of burial. The vessel is warped. The low foot-ring is narrow and sharply trimmed. Within this the base is unglazed with the exception of a splash of slip at the center and the three-character inscription.
- Bower, Virginia, Josephine Hadley Knapp, Stephen Little, and Robert Wilson Torchia. Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 32-33, color repro.