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    Soft Jun stoneware cup with rounded sides and inverted mouth rim. The cup has thick, bright turquoise glaze with a fine crackle.

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    • 1200-1299
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    • Height: 52 millimetres
    • Diameter: 86 millimetres
    • Diameter: 35 millimetres (base)
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    Published PDF date : Jin-Yuan dynasty 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 53

    ‘Soft’ Jun ware cup

    Traditionally this type of ware is classified as ‘soft’ Jun. Scholars are unsure where ‘soft’ Jun was made, and so in the absence of a kiln site, they are dated stylistically by comparison to other pieces.

    Stoneware with blue Jun-type glaze
    ‘Soft’ Jun ware
    North China 中國北部
    Jin or Yuan dynasty, about AD 1200–1300


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    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.15, no.53 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.36, no.53 bibliographic details
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Soft Jun stoneware cup with rounded sides and inverted mouth rim. The cup has thick, bright turquoise glaze with a fine crackle.

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