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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.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 337 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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 region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
Yuan to early Ming dynasty, about AD 1280–1400
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Object reference number: RRC38633
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