Jun stoneware surprise cup with rounded sides, and an inverted lotus blossom on the interior with a hole in the centre through which a small human figure rises when the bowl is filled with water. The cup has opalescent greenish-blue glaze, and olive at the rim.
- Made in: Yuxian
- (Asia,China,Henan (province),Yu Xian)
- Height: 58 millimetres
- Diameter: 104 millimetres
- Diameter: 34 millimetres (base)
Published PDF date : Northern Song-Jin 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Jun ‘surprise’ cup
This cup was probably used for drinking wine and might have been used in conjunction with a stand. Where the Jun glaze runs thin towards the edge of the cup, it becomes semi-transparent to olive green. Compared to contemporary Northern Song celadons such as Ru and Yaozhou wares, Jun wares have relatively coarse stoneware bodies. Jun wares are characterised by opalescent blue, purple or occasionally green glazes. This cup has a small figure inside.
Stoneware with opalescent blue glaze
Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
Northern Song to Jin dynasty, about AD 1000–1234
Jun stoneware surprise cup with rounded sides, and an inverted lotus blossom inside with a hole in the centre through which a small human figure rises when the bowl is filled with water. The cup has opalescent greenish-blue glaze, and olive at the rim.
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Object reference number: RRC38466
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