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  • Description

    Guan stoneware bottle with long slender neck, globular body and wide, flaring mouthrim. The bottle has thick, translucent bluish-grey celadon glaze with wide, irregular crackle stained golden brown, and copper-bound mouth- and foot- rims.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1127-1279
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 180 millimetres
    • Diameter: 85 millimetres
    • Diameter: 52 millimetres (base)
    • Depth: 46 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 4

    Bottle with copper-mounted rim and foot

    Potters made guan wares at the Laohudong 老虎洞kiln site in Hangzhou. Scholars suggest this site may be the one described in historical texts as修内司 (xiuneisi ‘Palace Maintenance Office’) or 内窯 (neiyao ‘Inner Kiln’). Most scholars believe the Laohudong kiln was set up before the Jiaotanxia郊壇下kiln. Craftsmen at both these production sites made ritual, table and ornamental wares for the imperial court. Archaeologists excavated sherds from copies of similar slender-necked bottles with pear shaped bodies at the Jiaotanxia kiln site, beside the Wuguishan hill near Hangzhou.

    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Southern Song dynasty, AD1127–1279PDF 4





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 21 and p. 307 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 18, pl. XVII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.16, no.4, colour, p.59 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.2, no.4, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.40, no.14 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.41, no.17 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.49, no.28 (left) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.54, no.39 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.86, no.103 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc54

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: ' From the Imperial Collection, Peking.' PDF Card: Purchased in China for 600 Chinese dollars.

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