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Jun stoneware head-rest in the shape of a ruyi with tall sides and a flat base. The head-rest has thick, opalescent lavender-blue glaze. There is an inscription on the base, which is unglazed.
- Made in: Yuxian
- (Asia,China,Henan (province),Yu Xian)
- Height: 138 millimetres
- Width: 296 millimetres
- Depth: 215 millimetres
Inscription TransliterationGuoyu tian qingse
Bajian zao zhuming
shuixing zong ruyi
liushi man xiangping
yanqi wu yuanjie
hua qu ci zui qing
taoren ju shenyu
cuohuo ji xin cheng
Qianlong xin chou yuti
Inscription TranslationIts colour is the blue of the sky after rain. Just as it was described by the ancient Ba jian.
The shape of the ruyi pillow gives much pleasure whether one is asleep or awake.
There will always be much discussion of a work of art, but the thing one must guard against is the temptation to sleep late. Pre-eminently (the pillow) demonstrates the genius of the potter, in producing such artistic design, and in controlling the firing so successfully.
Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year xinchou [AD 1781].
Inscription CommentThis can be found in: 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷八十一
Inscription TransliterationJixia yiqing
Inscription TranslationClearing the mind after the myriad of state affairs
Published PDF date : Northern Song 11th-12th centRoom 95 label text:
Jun ware head-rest with inscription
The pillow is in the form of an auspicious ruyi cloud with a blue opalescent glaze. On the base it is inscribed with a long incised and gilded inscriptionwhich reads: 過雨天青色,八牋早注明,睡醒縂如意,流石漫相評,晏起吾原戒,華祛此最清,陶人具深喻, 厝火積薪成乾隆辛丑禦題 [Guoyu tian qingse, Ba jian zao zhuming, shuixing zong ruyi, liushi man xiangping, yanqi wu yuanjie, hua qu ci zui qing,
taoren ju shenyu, cuohuo ji xin cheng, Qianlong xinchou yuti 'Its colour is the blue of the sky after rain. Just as it was described by the ancient Bajian.The shape of the ruyi pillow gives much pleasure whether one is asleep or awake.
There will always be much discussion of a work of art, but the thing one must guard against is the temptation to sleep late. Pre-eminently (the pillow) demonstrates the genius of the potter, in producing such artistic design, and in controlling the firing so successfully.Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year xinchou [AD 1781]'] A seal at the end of the inscription reads 幾暇怡情 (jixia yiqing ‘Clearing the mind after the myriad of state affairs’).
Stoneware with opalescent blue glaze, incised and gilded inscription
Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
Northern Song dynasty, AD 1000–1127
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'
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Object reference number: RRC38421
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