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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.322

  • Description

    Cizhou-type stoneware ovoid jar. The jar is cream with dark brown detail. There are three round panels with flower motifs painted on the body. There is an inscription on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1107
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 187 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on shoulder
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大觀元年造
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Guan yuan nian zao
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the first year of the Da Guan period [AD 1107]
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : AD 1107Room 95 label text:

    PDF 322

    Jar with flowers and inscription


    This Cizhou ware jar is painted in iron-brown with flowers and with an inscription. The inscription reads: 大觀元年造 (Daguan yuan nian zao 'Made in the first year of the Daguan period'.) The Northern Song dynasty emperor Huizong (reigned 1101-1125) ruled during the Daguan reign period which lasted AD 1107 to AD1110.


    Stoneware cream coloured slip with iron-brown painting
    Cizhou ware磁州窯
    North China 中國北部
    Northern Song dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1107

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  • Bibliography

    • Harrison-Hall 2011 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.34, no.113 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.55, no.26 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc12/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF Card: Acquired between the two wars from Sparks for £8.00.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.322

Cizhou stoneware ovoid jar. The jar is cream with dark brown detail. There are three round panels with flower motifs painted on the body. There is an inscription on the exterior.

Cizhou stoneware ovoid jar. The jar is cream with dark brown detail. There are three round panels with flower motifs painted on the body. There is an inscription on the exterior.

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