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Ru stoneware brush-washer of elliptical form, with rounded sides, two fish incised on the interior, and a recessed circle in the centre of the base. The brush-washer has blue-grey glaze with slight lavender tone and fine crackle. . There are three oval spur marks on the base.
- Made in: Henan (province)
- (Asia,China,Henan (province))
- Height: 29 millimetres
- Width: 145 millimetres
- Depth: 101 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Oval brush-washer with pairs of fish
Craftsmen in Henan achieved a technical triumph in making this thinly potted brush-washer. They fully glazed the brush-washer before firing it on a support with three prongs which has left just three tiny unglazed sesame seed-shaped marks within a depressed circular area on their bases. Inside, two fish, a rebus for abundance, are incised in the clay beneath the glaze. Both the oval form of the brush-washer and its incised decoration make it incredibly rare, even within this exceptional group. Sherds of related wares have been excavated at Qingliangsi, the main Ru ware production site in Baofeng County, Henan.
Stoneware with incised decoration and celadon glaze
Ru ware 汝窯
Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province 河南省, 寳豐縣, 清凉寺
Northern Song dynasty, AD 1086–1125
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Object reference number: RRC38495
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