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Guan stoneware basin, of hexagonal form with straight sides asix cloud-shaped feet. The basin has opaque greenish-grey celadon glaze with wide, irregular crackle. The base is glazed, and has seven spur marks.
- Made in: Hangzhou
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Hangzhou)
- Height: 85 millimetres
- Diameter: 215 millimetres
- Depth: 190 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Hexagonal basin with six feet
The shape of this deep hexagonal basin on six feet is extremely unusual among the Chinese ceramics of this period that have survived. Perhaps the Southern Song court commissioned it based on a metalwork vessel, for which straight edges and an angular profile would appear to be a more natural shape than for a ceramic. The use of the basin is unclear. Possibly it was made for the emperor as a stand for a six-sided guan ware flowerpot with drilled drainage holes in the base and filled with soil to grow plants in. Alternatively it may have been used directly for growing bulbs.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省，杭州市
Southern Song dynasty, AD1127–1279
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'
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Object reference number: RRC38425
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