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brush-washer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.76

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1086-1125
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29 millimetres
    • Width: 145 millimetres
    • Depth: 101 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 76

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 24 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 4, pl. III bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p.20, no.12 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.20, no.76, pl.VIII bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.26, no.4 (p.94, base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.36, no.10 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.36, no.12 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.47, no.30 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 44-45, no.76 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case53

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.76


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