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  • Description

    Sherds (series of one hundred and fifty). Made of stoneware, earthenware, porcelain. Thirty-eight blue and white; ninety celadon-glazed; twenty-two Islamic sherds.

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  • Date

    • 10thC-14thC
    • 13thC-14thC (celadons)
  • Production place

    • Factory in: Longquan
    • (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area,Longquan (county),Longquan (town))
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3 centimetres (min)
    • Length: 16 centimetres (max)
  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 60 bibliographic details
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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' 2012 - , April -, London, BM, G68, Coins and Medals permanent gallery 2014 23 Apr - 2 Aug, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, A History of the world. 2014-2015 13 Dec-16 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, A History of the world. 2014-2015 27 Nov-31 May, London, British Museum, Indian Ocean 2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, A History of the world. 2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Fukuoka, A History of the world. 2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, A History of the world.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Found on cliff face or spoil from cliff face in 1948.

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