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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1127-1279
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 99 millimetres
    • Diameter: 78 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Song or Yuan 13th-14th century
    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 30

    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 1127–1279PDF30





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 32 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.29, no.30, colour, p.60 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.30, pl. XXIX(d) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 9-10, no.30, pl.IV bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc7/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired before 1934.

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