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    Jun stoneware box and lid. The box is circular, with six shallow lobes and a domed lid. It has opalescent blue glaze coloured purple on the sides and base with an in-glaze copper pigment.

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    • 1000-1127
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 65 millimetres
    • Diameter: 110 millimetres
    • Diameter: 51 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-early12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 42

    Box with faceted sides

    Although some scholars believe some very fine Jun wares were sent as tribute to the Northern Song court, most of the output from the Jun kilns appears to have been intended for non-imperial consumers and the ware was rarely exported. Small boxes such as this were used to store cosmetics, seal paste or incense. The form of this circular box with flat top and sides scored into six sections is also found in contemporary Northern Song silverware. It has small knobs of clay on the cover and tray, beneath the glaze, which, when they are lined up, give the correct fit.

    Stoneware with opalescent blue and lavender glazes
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1000–1127


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl.12, and p. 306 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 73, pl. LXXII(a) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.13, no.42, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.33, no.42, colour, p.39 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.35, no.11 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.49, no.34 bibliographic details
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    Owned by Sir Percival David by 1934

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