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  • Museum number

    PDF.23

  • Description

    Guan stoneware vase of archaic bronze hu form with a tall neck and two tubular lug handles at the neck with two raised horizontal bands between the handles, a high foot. The vase has yellowish-grey glaze with wide, black stained crackle. Two raised horizontal bands between the handles. There is an inscription on the interior of the mouth.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1279-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 149 millimetres
    • Diameter: 73 millimetres
    • Width: 50 millimetres (base)
    • Depth: 48 millimetres (base)
    • Width: 47 millimetres (mouth)
    • Depth: 46 millimetres (mouth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        below the rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        百圾雖粉撫則平
        處州陶實出難兄
        一般樸質稱珍重
        那誠精工宣與成
        乾隆乙巳御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Baiji sui fen fu ze ping
        Chuzhou tao shi chu nan xiong
        yiban puzhi cheng zhenzhong
        na cheng jinggong Xuan yu Cheng
        Qianlong yisi yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        Despite the pattern of hundreds of intermingling crackle lines, its texture is fine and smooth to the touch. This is the work of the talented Elder brother. One discovers that the value of these undecorated wares is the same as that of unpolished gems. How could one compare this and the more elaborate products of Xuan(de) amd Cheng(hua)? Each has its own individual charm.
        Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the cyclical year yisi [AD 1785]
      • Inscription Comment

        Qianlong inscription dated AD 1785 on the mouth.
        Hobson 1934 Poem appears in vol. 28 section V of the Collected Works of the Qianlong Emperor and is titled 'On a vase (ping) of Ge ware with Two Ears'. 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/五集卷二十八
        Same inscription as PDF 94
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        inside mouth
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        古香
      • Inscription Transliteration

        guxiang
      • Inscription Translation

        ancient fragrance
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        at end
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thC
    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 23

    Inscribed hu–shaped vase with guan glaze


    This vase is inscribed inside the neck 百圾雖粉撫則平, 處州陶實出難兄, 一般樸質稱珍重, 那誠精工宣與成, 乾隆乙巳御題 Baiji sui fen fu ze ping, Chuzhou tao shi chu nan xiong, Yiban puzhi cheng zhenzhong, Na cheng jinggong Xuan yu Cheng. Qianlong yisi yuti. Despite the pattern of hundreds of intermingling crackle lines, its texture is fine and smooth to the touch. This is the work of the talented Elder brother. One discovers that the value of these undecorated wares is the same as that of unpolished gems. How could one compare this and the more elaborate products of Xuan [de] and Cheng [hua]? Each has its own individual charm. Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the cyclical year yisi [AD 1785]. Two seals at the end of the inscription read: 古香(guxiang ‘ancient fragrance’) 太璞 (taipu 'supreme simplicity').


    Stoneware with celadon glaze and incised inscription
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 杭州市
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1279–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 28, pl. XXVII bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.15, no.6 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.8, no.23 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 27-28, no.23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc7/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.23

Guan stoneware vase of archaic bronze hu form with a tall neck and two tubular lug handles at the neck with two raised horizontal bands between the handles, a high foot. The vase has yellowish-grey glaze with wide, black stained crackle. Two raised horizontal bands between the handles. There is an inscription inside the mouth.

Guan stoneware vase of archaic bronze hu form with a tall neck and two tubular lug handles at the neck with two raised horizontal bands between the handles, a high foot. The vase has yellowish-grey glaze with wide, black stained crackle. Two raised horizontal bands between the handles. There is an inscription inside the mouth.

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