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    PDF.62

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware vase of archaic jade zong form, with square body and short cylindirical neck and foot. The vase has translucent green-grey glaze with some wide, irregular crackles.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 183 millimetres
    • Diameter: 173 millimetres
    • Width: 124 millimetres
    • Depth: 124 millimetres
    • Diameter: 116 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 62

    Vase in the form of an ancient jade


    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. This revival of past forms continued in the Ming and Qing dynasties.


    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1723–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 24 and p. 308 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 19, pl. XVIII bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.17, no.62, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.40, no.62, colour, p.59 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.44, no.19 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.51, no.30 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.56, no.42 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case8/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.62

Guan-type stoneware vase of archaic jade zong form, with square body and short cylindirical neck and foot. The vase has translucent green-grey glaze with some wide, irregular crackles.

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