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Guan stoneware vase of ancient bronze zong form with a square body, and short cylindrical neck and foot. The vase has thick, translucent grey-green glaze with a wide crackle stained grey and light brown in some areas.
- Height: 226 millimetres
- Width: 137 millimetres
- Depth: 136 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Jar in the form of a cong
In the Song dynasty, educated men revived interest in antiques and excavated artefacts from the past. Scholars published manuals illustrating these historical jades and bronzes. Contemporary Song craftsmen reproduced their shapes in other materials in response to commissions from wealthy clients. The new users adapted the functions of the antique objects. Archaeologists have excavated archaistic cong 琮 made in a variety of materials in several Southern Song dynasty hoards. These include a bronze cong at the Pengzhou 彭州 hoard, and carved stone and celadon examples in the Jinyucun 金魚村 hoard of Suining county 遂寧縣, both in Sichuan province.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Guan ware 官窯
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 杭州市
Southern Song dynasty, AD1127–1279
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Object reference number: RRC38518
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