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    Stoneware bowl with six-lobed rim. Cream glaze on interior, rust coloured glaze on exterior.

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    • 10thC-11thC
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    • Height: 67 millimetres
    • Diameter: 215 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 174

    Bowl with cream inside and brown outside

    The shape of this bowl is loosely based on silverware. It has a six-lobed rim. This bowl is covered with an iron-brown glaze outside and a cream-coloured slip and glaze inside.

    Stoneware with cream slip, clear and iron-brown glazes
    Hebei province 河北省
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 960–1127


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    • Medley 1980 p.17, no.35 bibliographic details
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Stoneware bowl with six-lobed rim. Cream glaze on interior, rust coloured glaze on exterior.

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