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brush-washer

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  • Museum number

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  • Description

    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 1086–1125PDF 1

    天青釉筆洗


    淺盤式筆洗通體施幽靜深邃的雅致天青色釉,釉面滿布細碎開片。筆洗置於文人案頭,用以書法或繪畫時盛水洗筆。汝窯窯工採用“饅頭窯”(因形似饅頭而得名)並以木材為燃料燒造汝窯器。2000年,考古學家在河南省寶豐清涼寺村附近發掘並清理出超過15座窯爐,2處作坊區,以及大量汝窯殘片和各類窯具,從而證明汝窯在較短的時間內曾進行過緊湊密集的生產。


    炻器,青釉
    汝窯
    河南省寶豐縣清涼寺
    北宋,約1086-1125年

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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

    On display: G95/dc53

  • 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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