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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.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 71 millimetres
- Diameter: 135 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song 10th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
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Object reference number: RRC38631
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