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    Ru stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides on a low, splayed foot. The brush-washer has thick, finely crackled greyish-blue celadon glaze, and there are three small spur marks on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1086-1125
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 millimetres
    • Diameter: 130 millimetres
    • Diameter: 90 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

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

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    Brush-washer


    This shallow dish-shaped brush-washer is covered in a beautiful green-blue crazed glaze which has incredible depth. It was designed to stand on a writing desk filled with water to cleanse calligraphy or painting brushes. Potters fired Ru wares like this in kilns shaped like 饅頭 mantou (steamed bread buns) fuelled with wood. In AD 2000, more than fifteen kilns were discovered at the edge of the remote village of Qingliangsi, near Baofeng in Henan province. Two workshop areas, together with mounds of kiln debris and broken pots, were also unearthed, testifying to a short but intensive period of celadon production.


    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Ru ware 汝窯
    Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province 河南省, 寳豐縣, 清凉寺
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1125

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.1, no.1 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.15, no.1, colour, p.18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case53

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

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Ru stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides on a low, splayed foot.  The brush-washer has thick, finely crackled greyish-blue celadon glaze, and three small spur marks on base.

Ru stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides on a low, splayed foot. The brush-washer has thick, finely crackled greyish-blue celadon glaze, and three small spur marks on base.

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