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    Jun stoneware pear-shaped bottle-vase with tall slender neck and flared mouthrim. The vase has thick, opalescent blue-grey glaze with large purple areas of in-glaze copper pigment.

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    • 11thC-12thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 290 millimetres
    • Diameter: 130 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 92

    Bottle with purple-splashed blue glazes

    This pear-shaped bottle with tall, slender neck was made by throwing horizontal clay sections on a wheel and luting them together. Potters decorated the dry, unfired glaze with copper-rich pigment, to create a purple in-glaze splashed effect. Jun wares are not as well finished off as Ru or guan wares. In this instance, craftsmen glazed the bottle’s base inside the foot ring but only glazed just inside the neck of the bottle. Northern Song tomb murals show bottles of this shape being used to display a single flower stem, but people may also have employed them for decanting wine.

    Stoneware with opalescent blue and purple glazes
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1000–1127


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 13 and p. 306 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 71, pl. LXX bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.24, no.92, pl.XI bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.38, no.14 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.39, no.14 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.48, no.92 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.49, no.33 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 36-37, no.12 bibliographic details
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