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    PDF.51

  • Description

    Soft Jun stoneware vase in 'double gourd' form. The vase has thick, opaque sky blue glaze and a single purple in-glaze copper 'splash' and grey stained crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 189 millimetres
    • Diameter: 130 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 14th-15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 51

    ‘Soft’ Jun ware gourd-shaped vase


    Chinese people regard gourds as an auspicious emblem. 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 Jun-type glaze
    ‘Soft’ Jun ware
    China 中國
    Probably Ming dynasty, about AD 1500–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.15, no.51 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.36, no.51 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.51

Soft Jun stoneware vase in 'double gourd' form.  The vase has thick, opaque sky blue glaze and a single purple in-glaze copper 'splash' and grey stained crackle.

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