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    PDF.33

  • Description

    Official Jun stoneware flower pot with six lobes, flattened mouthrim with narrow raised band at the edge, and high flaring sides. The flower pot has thick opalescent purple glaze passing into crimson with bluish suffusions. There is an inscription on the base, and six round drainage holes, which have been filled with clay.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 191 millimetres
    • Diameter: 273 millimetres
    • Diameter: 141 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        er
      • Inscription Translation

        two
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 33

    Lobed flower pot with drainage holes


    This Jun ware flower pot is incised with the number 二 (er ‘two’) on the base. Many scholars have changed their views on the dating of these ‘Official’ Jun wares, which were once all credited to the Northern Song dynasty. This attribution appears in Qing dynasty works such as Lan Pu’s (fl. 1815) 景德鎮陶錄 (Jingdezhen Tao Lu ‘Account of Ceramics at Jingdezhen’) and persisted until the late 1990s. In part, the attribution was based on linking sherds of ‘Official’ Jun wares found at Juntai to a surface find at the same place of an inscribed mould for late Northern Song coins. Further research now suggests this mould is unlikely to be of the period. Henan Archaeology Institute’s 2004 excavations, Shanghai Museum’s thermoluminescence tests and Shenzhen Municipal Institute of Archaeology’s seminar propose dates ranging from the fourteenth to early fifteenth century for ‘Official’ Jun ware.


    Stoneware body covered in blue and purple glazes with olive-green on the base
    Official Jun ware官鈞窯
    Juntai, Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣, 鈞台
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1435

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 63, pl. LXII bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.10, no.33, pl.IV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.30, no.33 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.60, no.42 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.64, no.52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case14/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.33

Official Jun stoneware flower pot with six lobes, flattened mouthrim  with narrow raised band at the edge, and high flaring sides.  The flower pot has thick opalescent purple glaze passing into crimson with bluish suffusions.  There is an inscription on the base, and six round drainage holes, which have been filled with clay.

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