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Updated: 14 April 2015
Longquan porcelain vase. The vase has pale greyish green glaze with spots of iron brown.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 272 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Vase with spotted glaze
Potters achieved the brown spots by applying iron-rich pigment (such as iron filings) directly onto the celadon glaze in random patches before firing. This technique enjoyed short-lived popularity in the Yuan dynasty (AD 1279–1368). Archaeologists recovered a small group of objects with similar iron-brown spots from the cargo of a ship wrecked in AD1323 in the waters near the Dokdo islets off the Shinan coast 新安木浦 in south-west Korea. Of the 17,000 ceramics on board, over half were from Longquan. The ship is believed to have been travelling from Ningbo寧波 in southern China to Korea, on its way to Japan. Traditionally this type of spotted celadon is known as 飛青磁 (tobiseiji , splashed celadon) in Japan and is greatly prized by collectors there.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze and iron-brown spots
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Count Sakai. (in Japan) PDF Card: via Yamanaka from Hirooka sale in Osaka, lot 219 in 1928.
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Object reference number: RRC38634
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