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  • Museum number

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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1280-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 205 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 13thCRoom 95 label text:

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    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 20 and p. 307 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 44, pl. XLIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.19, no.200 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.19, no.42 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.46, no.21 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.6, no.200 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc4/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Count Sakai.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

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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.

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