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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.31

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware 'arrow' vase with globular body and tall neck, and two tubular lug handles at the mouth. The vase has opaque grey glaze with even black-stained crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1368-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 124 millimetres
    • Diameter: 72 millimetres
    • Diameter: 46 millimetres (base)
    • Width: 27 millimetres (mouth)
    • Depth: 23 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 31

    Arrow vase with guan glaze


    It is modelled on the shape of an antique ‘arrow pot’, a vessel with short tubes either side of the narrow neck. In earlier dynasties, people played a drinking game of pitching arrows into the tubes and neck of larger bronze and ceramic pots of this shape.


    Stoneware with crackled celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Ming dynasty, AD 1368–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.10, no.31 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.30, no.31 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.30, pl. XXIX(a) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case7/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.31

Guan-type stoneware 'arrow' vase with globular body and tall neck, and two tubular lug handles at the mouth.   The vase has opaque grey glaze with even black-stained crackle.

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