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    Yue stoneware bowl with everted rim, which is dented to form six lobes. The bowl has pale greyish green glaze. There are traces of a gold band remaining on the foot.

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    • 10thC
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    • Height: 71 millimetres
    • Diameter: 135 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Northern Song 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 214

    Tea bowl with foliate rim

    From the eighth century, green wares enjoyed a revival at the Yue kilns of northern Zhejiang province. Yue wares are the first ceramics to feature in texts in the Tang dynasty (AD 618–906). Writers praised them, likening their green glaze to jade. In AD 760, Lu Yu published the 茶經Chajing ‘Tea Classic’) recommending the use of Yue wares for tea drinking as their subtle green glazes enhanced the colour of the green tea then in fashion. The spread of tea-drinking in southern China and the endorsement of Yue wares by the literate elite fuelled demand for these stonewares.

    Stoneware with grey-green glaze
    Yue ware 越窯
    Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 960–1000


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 8 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.13, no.15 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.23, no.214 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.33, no.6 bibliographic details
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Yue stoneware bowl with everted rim, which is dented to form six lobes. The bowl has pale greyish green glaze. There are traces of a gold band remaining on the foot.

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