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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1000-1127
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 138 millimetres
    • Width: 296 millimetres
    • Depth: 215 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        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
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Guoyu 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 Translation

        Its 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 Comment

        This can be found in: 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷八十一
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        幾暇怡情
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jixia yiqing
      • Inscription Translation

        Clearing the mind after the myriad of state affairs
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11th-12th centRoom 95 label text:

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    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
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 1000–1127

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 2, pl. I bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.1, no.2, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.11, no.2 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.15, no.2 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.41, no.17 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.48, no.32 (and base) bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

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Jun stoneware headrest in the shape of a ruyi with tall sides and a flat base.  The headrest has thick, opalescent lavender-blue glaze.  The base is unglazed, with an inscription.

Jun stoneware headrest in the shape of a ruyi with tall sides and a flat base. The headrest has thick, opalescent lavender-blue glaze. The base is unglazed, with an inscription.

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