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    PDF.55

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware dish with shallow, sloping sides and everted, six-lobed rim. The dish has a metal bound mouthrim, and thick, opaque pale grey glaze with wide crackle stained black and a close crackle stained golden brown. There are five round spur marks on the base, which is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400-1500
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 127 millimetres
    • Diameter: 76 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song or Yuan 12th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 55

    Guan-type dish with copper rim


    This attractive dish is covered with a crackled celadon glaze and its rim is bound with copper. Historical accounts suggest that dressing the rim with metal actually enhanced the status of the clay vessel.


    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze with copper rim
    Guan-type ware
    South China 中國南部
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1400–1500

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.16, no.55 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.36, no.55 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc8/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.55

Guan-type stoneware dish with shallow, sloping sides and everted, six-lobed rim. The dish has a metal bound mouthrim, and  thick, opaque pale grey glaze with wide crackle stained black and a close crackle stained golden brown. There are five round spur marks on the base, which is glazed.

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