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    Cizhou-type stoneware jar with lid. The jar has white glazed interior. There is a black on white painted peony scroll.

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    • 1912-1949
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    • Height: 121 millimetres
    • Diameter: 131 millimetres
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    Room 95 label text:

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    Jar with peony scroll

    This jar imitates earlier Song dynasty Cizhou ware. It is painted in iron-brown and cream slip to show a leafy peony scroll on a cream ground. The original design on which it is based was made at Guantai, Hehei province.

    Stoneware incised and with brown and cream slip
    Cizhou-type ware 磁州窯
    China 中國
    Republican period, AD 1912–1949


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    • Medley 1980 p.38, no.130 bibliographic details
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Cizhou-type stoneware jar with lid. The jar has white glazed interior.  There is a black on white painted peony scroll.

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