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Updated: 14 April 2015
Pair of Jun stoneware cups with rounded sides and inverted rim. The cups have opalescent blue glaze coloured purple on the interior and exterior with splashes of in-glaze copper pigment. The glaze is olive green at the rim.
- Made in: Yuxian
- (Asia,China,Henan (province),Yu Xian)
- Height: 41 millimetres
- Diameter: 85 millimetres
- Diameter: 31 millimetres (base)
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:
Small blue cup with splashed glaze
This cup has a lavender glaze splashed with deep purple. It was probably used for drinking alcohol 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 type of cup is known as a ‘bubble bowl’. When held under an artificial light, it appears that a bubble rises up and moves around as you turn the bowl.
Stoneware with opalescent blue and purple glazes
Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1000–1127
Pair of Jun stoneware cups with rounded sides and inverted rim. The cups have opalescent blue glaze coloured purple inside and out with splashes of in-glaze copper pigment. The glaze is olive green at the rim.
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Object reference number: RRC38464
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