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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.216

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware vase with long cylindrical neck and two tubular fittings just below the lip. The vase has grey-green matt glaze with a light green crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 337 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 216

    Arrow pot


    Pots of this kind with tubular fittings are described in Chinese texts as 'arrow pots'. Pitching arrows into pots had been a popular game from about 770 BC. Competitors took turns to send arrows into the neck or tubes and the winner was the one who successfully pitched all his arrows into the vase. The losing player took a drink at each miss. Elaborate rituals and rules, recorded in the Li Ji (Book of Rites], added further complexity to the game. In the Ming dynasty, the game became more widespread and was played by rich merchants as well as the aristocracy and scholars.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Yuan to early Ming dynasty, about AD 1280–1400

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 54 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.29, no.85 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 pp 23-24, no.216 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc3/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.216

Longquan stoneware vase with long cylindrical neck and two tubular fittings just below the lip. The vase has grey-green matt glaze with a light green crackle.

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