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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.320

  • Description

    Stoneware jar, with four rectangular handles set horizontally on the shoulder. The jar has transparent greenish brown glaze on the interior of the neck, exterior, and on the base. There is a tiger and clouds painted on the brown exterior. There is with a long inscription underneath the glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 823
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 235 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        in the third year of the Changqing period [AD 823], the Buddhist believer Bo Sidu respectfully made this vessel as an offering to be placed before the Great Buddha
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 823 ADRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 320

    Jar with tiger and inscription


    Changsha wares were made at kilns located in an area of about five kilometers from Tongguan City to Shizhu Lake in Wangcheng County in Changsha City, Hunan Province. They are popular wares, characterised by rather coarse stoneware bodies modelled in shapes for daily use such as jars, ewers and bowls. Some examples are technologically very exciting as they demonstrate perhaps the earliest use of underglaze copper-red and copper-green decoration. This jar is painted in underglaze iron-brown with a tiger on one side and with an inscription on the other which translates ‘ in the third year of the Changqing period [AD 823], the Buddhist believer Bo Sidu respectfully made this vessel as an offering to be placed before the Great Buddha.’.


    Stoneware with inscription and decoration in iron-brown beneath a pale-green glaze
    Changsha ware 長沙窯
    Tongguan kilns, Changsha, Hunan province銅官, 長沙市, 湖南省
    Tang dynasty, dated equivalent to, AD 823

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 72, no. 72 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.32, no.104 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.50, no.21 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh8

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    25 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Remove/ tidy up old repair - refill and paint.

    Condition

    Old discoloured and raised fill on the lip of the jar.

    Treatment details

    Overpaint was removed using acetone swabs and a scalpel. This old fill was cut back with a scalpel blade. Any missing areas were filled with Modostuc. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper. This was then consolidated with 10% Paraloid B72 in acetone. The fill was painted with Golden acrylics and Golden Porcelain Restoration Glaze (Gloss).

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  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.320

Stoneware jar, with four rectangular handles set horizontally on the shoulder. The jar has transparent greenish brown glaze inside the neck, exterior, and on the base.  There is a tiger and clouds painted on the brown exterior.  There is with a long inscription underneath the glaze.

Stoneware jar, with four rectangular handles set horizontally on the shoulder. The jar has transparent greenish brown glaze inside the neck, exterior, and on the base. There is a tiger and clouds painted on the brown exterior. There is with a long inscription underneath the glaze.

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