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Guan stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides and eight petal-shaped lobes. The brush-washer has opaque bluish-grey glaze with wide even crackle stained black and dark brown. There are five spur marks on the base, which is glazed.
- Made in: Hangzhou
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Hangzhou)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Diameter: 99 millimetres
- Diameter: 78 millimetres (base)
Published PDF date : Song or Yuan 13th-14th century
Room 95 label text:
Guan ware brush-washer
Jin soldiers overthrew the Northern Song court in AD 1127. Emperor Song Gaozong (ruled AD1127–1162), his family and staff fled from their capital in Bianjing (Kaifeng) and established a new government in the south in Lin’an (Hangzhou). He established an official guan kiln there to recreate Ru wares (case 53). 官(guan ‘official’) stonewares such as this brush-washer are characterised by a thin, dark clay body and a luscious celadon glaze with tiny bubbles and a distinctive crackle.
Stoneware with crackled pale blue-green glaze
Guan ware 官窯
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 杭州
Southern Song Dynasty, about AD 1127–1279
On display: G95/dc7/sh4
PDF Card: Acquired before 1934.
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Object reference number: RRC38449
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