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Updated: 14 April 2015
Longquan stoneware vase of an archaic bronze gu or zun form, with a wide mouth and everted rim. The vase has pale grey-green glaze. There are four vertical raised ridges on the central and lower sections, and four sprig-moulded triangular sections of scrollwork on the neck.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 205 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 13thCRoom 95 label text:
Vase modelled after an ancient bronze
This celadon vase is modelled after an ancient ritual drinking vessel called a gu. Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into a vase in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. Related gu vases with less well-defined decoration were recovered from the Sinan shipwreck of AD1323. This ship was sunk in the waters near the Dokdo islets off the Shinan coast 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 in southern China to Korea, on its way to Japan.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, carved, sprig-moulded decoration and celadon glaze Longquan ware龍泉窯
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, AD 1280–1368
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Count Sakai.
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Object reference number: RRC38618
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