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    Jian stoneware bowl, with silver-bound mouth rim. The bowl has black glaze with metallic 'hare's fur' streaking. There is an inscription on the base.

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    • 1127-1279
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    • Height: 121 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Song 11th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 321

    Tea bowl ‘hare’s fur’ glaze

    Jian ware tea bowls of this type were much admired in Japan where they were called Temmoku bowls after the Japanese pronunciation of the Tianmu mountains. A legend states that Japanese Buddhist monks visited a monastery in these mountains in China and brought back this type of bowl to Japan. They are characterised by a very dark clay body which fires to an almost black colour and by a luscious, glassy black glaze. This one is compared to hare’s fur because of the paler iron-brown flecks contrasting with the rich iron-brown glaze.

    Stoneware with iron brown glaze and iron-brown flecks
    Jian ware 建窯
    Jianyang county, Fujian province 福建省, 建陽縣
    Southern Song dynasty, AD 1127–1279


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    • Medley 1980 p.36, no.123 bibliographic details
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Jian stoneware bowl, with silver-bound mouth rim. The bowl has black glaze with metallic 'hare's fur' streaking. There is an inscription on the base.

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