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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.91

  • Description

    Guan stoneware 'arrow' vase with twelve lobed body and a tall cylindrical neck with two handles. The vase has thick bluish-grey glaze with brown-stained crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1279-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 120 millimetres
    • Diameter: 76 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan dynasty or laterRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 91

    Arrow vase with guan glaze


    It is modelled on the shape of an antique ‘arrow pot’, a vessel with short tubes either side of the narrow neck. In earlier dynasties, people played a drinking game of pitching arrows into the tubes and neck of larger bronze and ceramic pots of this shape.


    Stoneware with crackled glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 杭州
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1279–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.24, no.91, pl.X bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.48, no.91 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc7/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.91

Guan-type stoneware 'arrow' vase with twelve lobed body and a tall cylindrical neck with two handles. The vase has thick bluish-grey glaze with brown-stained crackle.

Guan-type stoneware 'arrow' vase with twelve lobed body and a tall cylindrical neck with two handles. The vase has thick bluish-grey glaze with brown-stained crackle.

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